Aims: Develop the Dementia and Driving Decision Aid (DDDA) Taiwanese version and evaluate dementia and driving education in Taiwan.
Methods: The research was undertaken in Taipei. A focus group and survey were used to develop the DDDA Taiwanese version from the Mandarin translated DDDA Australian version. Participants were: (i) senior practitioners, researchers, NGOs, policy makers and (ii) consumers, family caregivers and practitioners working in clinical settings. Practitioners from across the multi-disciplinary team participated in the dementia and driving education (English-speaking academic presented material from an online module with simultaneous Mandarin translation by a bilingual academic) and a survey was used for the evaluation.
Results: A total of 97 participants provided comments on the DDDA Australian version to develop the DDDA Taiwanese version (focus group and survey). Positive comments were in three areas: demand and applicability; format and targeted consumer approach. Amendments requested were including motorbikes and listing Taiwanese resources and referral processes. The DDDA Taiwanese version will be a, substantially, unchanged Australian version. A total of 82 practitioners (response rate 91%) completed the survey evaluating the dementia and driving education. There were statistically significant improvements across all criteria (p<0.01) six weeks post-education: dementia knowledge and a sense of competence and confidence in addressing dementia and driving issues.
Conclusions: We are implementing the Taiwanese version of the DDDA through NGOs and developing a Mandarin version of the education for senior practitioners to deliver across Taiwan. The resources are available through Aged and Dementia Health Education and Research (ADHERe) (www.adhere.org.au).