Research Papers

(Français) Outil de Sensibilisation des conducteurs âgés aux capacités requises pour une Conduite Automobile sécuritaire et Responsable (OSCAR)

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Category 2013 CMRSC XXIII Montréal
Tags Session 7A
Author/Auteur Mélanie Levasseur, Thérèse Audet, Marie-Ève Langlais, France-Hélène Therrien, Catherine St-Pierre, Isabelle Gélinas, Michel Bédard, Judith Renaud, Monia D’Amours

Abstract

A decrease in driving ability can occur with normal aging and threaten the safety of older drivers and other users of public roads. The objective of the study was to develop an intervention tool to promote and maintain the mobility of the elderly through safe driving. A scoping study was conducted to make an extended inventory and then select the best questions and advice to increase awareness of older drivers. A first validation was then conducted with 12 older drivers. The awareness tool informs older drivers about required capabilities as well as compensatory strategies for safe and responsible automobile driving (OSCAR). It includes a series of 15 questions and 15 educational capsules on aging and driving. Older drivers reported being very interested in the tool, and demonstrated its relevance and usefulness. Concise, complete, clear, accurate and written in an accessible language, OSCAR promotes awareness and enables seniors to identify changes that occur in them, and learn more about compensatory strategies and resources including courses and assessment centers. Finally, the majority of older drivers said they would recommend OSCAR to some people around them, and use it to discuss their concerns with their relatives or health care professional. While promoting the prevention of accidents and injuries on the roads, OSCAR could ultimately allow seniors to maintain or increase their mobility in the community and social participation.

Mélanie Levasseur, Thérèse Audet, Marie-Ève Langlais, France-Hélène Therrien, Catherine St-Pierre, Isabelle Gélinas, Michel Bédard, Judith Renaud, Monia D’Amours