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Older Drivers. Prof Desmond O ’ Neill 18 th April 2013. National Office for Traffic Medicine RCPI/RSA. Risk in perspective. Driving at 0100 Sunday x 142 16 year old x 42 Light car x 20 Rural roads x 9 ADHD x 4 Sleep Apnoea x 2 Vision x 1-2. Marshall, 2008.

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older drivers

Older Drivers

Prof Desmond O’Neill

18th April 2013

National Office for Traffic Medicine

RCPI/RSA

risk in perspective
Risk in perspective
  • Driving at 0100 Sunday x 142
  • 16 year old x 42
  • Light car x 20
  • Rural roads x 9
  • ADHD x 4
  • Sleep Apnoea x 2
  • Vision x 1-2

Marshall, 2008

slide4

Older people safest group of drivers

Older people in my clinic will have issues

3 consider how you can make driving safer for older patients
3. Consider how you can make driving safer for older patients
  • General fitness
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medications
  • Cataracts
  • Car Adaptations
driving model
Driving model
  • Complex mix behaviour, personality, cognition
  • Hierarchical model:
    • Strategic
    • Tactical
    • Operational
5 use the adelaide driving self efficacy scale
5. Use the Adelaide driving self-efficacy scale
  • Prudence
  • www.flinders.edu.au/medicine/fms/sites/rehabilitation-aged-&-extended-care/documents/Adelaide_Driving_Self-Efficacy_Scale11.pdf
7 make use of specialist support
7. Make use of specialist support
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Neuropsych
  • Specialist driving assessor
  • Social worker
10 remember that patients who aren t fit to drive probably can t use public transport either
10. Remember that patients who aren’t fit to drive probably can’t use public transport either
slide21
The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice

Bertrand Russell

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