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

Wood, Joanne M., Anstey, Kaarin J., Kerr, Graham K., Lacherez, Philippe F. and Lord, Stephen (2008) A multidomain approach for predicting older driver safety under in-traffic road conditions. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56 6: 986-993. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01709.x

Author Wood, Joanne M.
Anstey, Kaarin J.
Kerr, Graham K.
Lacherez, Philippe F.
Lord, Stephen
Title A multidomain approach for predicting older driver safety under in-traffic road conditions
Journal name Journal of the American Geriatrics Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-8614
Publication date 2008-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01709.x
Volume 56
Issue 6
Start page 986
End page 993
Total pages 8
Place of publication Baltimore, Md., U.S.
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170109 Personality, Abilities and Assessment
170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Formatted 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.
Keyword Driving safety
Older drivers
On-road driving performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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