Driving Ability and Safety in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study
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A Study was conducted to identify whether rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with driving ability and/or the use of assistive devices or modifications to improve driving ability.

A systematic literature review was conducted following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta?Analysis guidelines of RA and driving ability/adaptations by searching multiple databases from inception to April 2018. Eligible studies were original articles in the English language that had quantitative data regarding the study objective and at least 5 RA patients. Similar outcomes were extracted across studies and grouped into categories for review.

--The search yielded 1,935 potential reports, of which 22 fulfilled eligibility criteria, totaling 6,285 RA patients.

--The prevalence of driving issues in RA was highly variable among the studies.

--Some of the shared themes addressed in these publications included RA in association with rates of motor vehicle crashes, self?reported driving difficulty, inability to drive, use of driving adaptations, use of assistance by other people for transport, and difficulty with general transportation.

Driving problems and the use of driving modifications are relatively common in people with RA, despite variations in individual records. Given the central importance of automobile driving for RA patients' quality of life, further research into driving abilities and possible driving adaptations that can help address barriers to safe driving is needed.

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acr.24137?af=R