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Gerontologist. 2014 Jun;54(3):409-22. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt019. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

Effect of a group intervention to promote older adults' adjustment to driving cessation on community mobility: a randomized controlled trial.

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*Address correspondence to Jacki Liddle, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and UQ Centre for Clinical Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia. E-mail:



The UQDRIVE program, a group education and support program, was developed to meet the needs associated with driving cessation for older adults. The current study investigated the effect of the program on community mobility.


A prospective, parallel, stratified randomized controlled trial was undertaken with a waitlist control group receiving current clinical practice (no intervention). Data were collected pre, post, and 3 months following the intervention. Participants were adults aged 60 years or older who had ceased driving or planned to cease driving within 12 months.


A total of 131 participants were included in analyses (67 intervention, 64 control). Participating in the intervention was significantly associated with a higher number of episodes away from home per week at immediately postintervention (z = 2.56, p = .01). This was not significantly maintained at 3-month follow-up. Participation in the intervention also significantly predicted higher use of public transport at immediately postintervention (z = 2.12, p = .034), higher use of walking at immediately postintervention (z = 2.69, p = .007), increased aspects of community mobility self-efficacy (z = 3.81, p = .0001), and higher satisfaction with transport at 3-month follow-up (z = 2.07, p = .038).


The program increased community mobility immediately postintervention and transport satisfaction at 3 months postintervention. Due to a high attrition rate, further research is required to clarify the long-term impact of the intervention.


Community mobility; Group intervention; Older driver; Out-of-home activities; Transportation

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