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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jun;56(6):986-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01709.x. Epub 2008 Apr 18.

A multidomain approach for predicting older driver safety under in-traffic road conditions.

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School of Optometry and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. j.wood@qut.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To identify a battery of tests that predicts safe and unsafe performance on an on-road assessment of driving.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study.

SETTING:

University laboratory assessment and an on-road driving test.

PARTICIPANTS:

Two hundred seventy community-living adults aged 70 to 88 recruited through the electoral roll.

MEASUREMENTS:

Performance on a battery of multidisciplinary tests and on a standardized measure of on-road driving performance.

RESULTS:

A combination of three tests from the vision, cognitive, and motor domains, including motion sensitivity, color choice reaction time, postural sway on a compliant foam rubber surface, and a self-reported measure of driving exposure, was able to classify participants into safe and unsafe driver groups with sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 70%.

CONCLUSION:

In a sample of licensed older drivers, a short battery of tests and a self-reported measure of driving exposure were able to accurately predict driving safety.

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