Medical cannabis and functional driving assessments: How and when to assess on-road?

Occupational therapists and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists commonly assess their client’s cognitive abilities in clinic and on-road to determine if they are “fit to drive” while taking various psychotropic medications. Is there reason to treat medical cannabis differently? This webinar will review the common uses, effects, and side effects of medical cannabis, and will explore the legal, ethical and professional issues of assessing clients taking medical cannabis.  A decision making model for driver rehabilitation specialists will be presented. 

Learning objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

• State the effects of medical cannabis on driving
• Understand the legal, professional and ethical ramifications of conducting on-road assessments with clients taking psychotropic medications
• Apply a decision making model for assessing clients taking psychotropic medications including medical cannabis.

Nellemarie Hyde

BSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont), CDRS

Nellemarie Hyde is an occupational therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist who has been working in the field of driver rehabilitation for over 15 years.  She is program supervisor and clinician at Driver Assessment & Training at Saint Elizabeth, and is the current President of the Ontario Chapter of the ADED. In addition to her clinical and leadership roles, Nellemarie acts as a resource to various governmental organizations and driver rehab related research projects, with the ultimate goal of enabling independent community mobility for all.

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