Posted by: Bert Copple | March 22, 2010

Researchers Suggest Therapists Can Help Identify Older Drivers at Risk

Occupational therapists can play a key role in identifying older drivers who are at risk for crashes, according to a new study.

A University of Florida research project analyzed crashes involving 5,345 drivers aged 65 and older. The mean age of older drivers in crashes was 76.08 years.

The probability of crash-related injuries was 50 percent in crashes caused by errors in lane maintenance, yielding and gap acceptance. This was followed by speed regulation errors (34 percent), vehicle positioning errors (25 percent), and adjustment to stimuli errors (21 percent.)

“This research provided a framework for classifying violations of driving errors,” said lead author Sherrilene Classen. “This is useful information for occupational therapy practitioners and policy makers.”

According to Elin Schold Davis, coordinator of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Older Driver Initiative, occupational therapy practitioners can play a major role in identifying drivers at risk. “Through appropriate screening and driving evaluation and rehabilitation, we can help identify unsafe drivers, making recommendations to those who need to stop driving, provide intervention strategies for those with remedial potential and assist others to optimize their driving skills that may be impacted by age-related conditions.”

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