Road safe seniors: Screening for age-related driving disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings

Linda Hill, Jill Rybar, Sara Baird, Susanna Concha-Garcia, Raul Coimbra, Kevin Patrick

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Abstract

Introduction: Older drivers are increasing in number and they often have health conditions that place them at high risk for motor-vehicle crashes (MVC). Screening is underutilized, and is rarely done in hospital settings. Methods: A convenience sample of 755 older adults completed age related driving disorders screening at University of California, San Diego inpatient and outpatient health centers. Screening included three strength/frailty tests, two vision tests (acuity and fields), and two cognitive tests, based on AMA recommendations. The average age of participants was 72.5; 55.5% were male and 94% English-speaking; 17.8% of older adults failed at least one aspect of screening. Results: In multivariate analysis, significant associations of failed status were age, male sex, selfrestrictions of driving, and inpatient screening locations. The screening identified one in six adults to be 'high-risk' for age related driving disorders. Screening was effective and feasible in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Impact on industry: As the driving population ages, industry, government and health car providers need to plan for the management of driving impairments in older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Cognition
  • Crashes
  • Older drivers
  • Traffic safety

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