ERIC Number: EJ836433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
DriveWise: An Interdisciplinary Hospital-Based Driving Assessment Program
O'Connor, Margaret G.; Kapust, Lissa R.; Hollis, Ann M.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v29 n4 p351-362 Dec 2008
Health care professionals working with the elderly have opportunities through research and clinical practice to shape public policy affecting the older driver. This article describes DriveWise, an interdisciplinary hospital-based driving assessment program developed in response to clinical concerns about the driving safety of individuals with medical conditions. DriveWise clinicians use evidence-based, functional assessments to determine driving competence. In addition, the program was designed to meet the emotional needs of individuals whose driving safety has been called into question. To date, approximately 380 participants have been assessed through DriveWise. The following report details the DriveWise mission, DriveWise team members, and road test results. We continue to refine the assessment process to promote safety and support the dignity and independence of all participants. The DriveWise interdisciplinary approach to practice is a concrete example of how gerontological education across professions can have direct benefits to the older adult.
Descriptors: Test Results, Traffic Safety, Hospitals, Interdisciplinary Approach, Disabilities, Older Adults, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Adolescents, Motor Vehicles, Program Descriptions
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