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Type: Journal article
Title: Individual differences in South Australian general practitioners' knowledge, procedures and opinions of the assessment of older drivers
Author: Wilson, L.
Kirby, N.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2008; 27(3):121-125
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1440-6381
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Leah R Wilson and Neil H Kirby
Abstract: Objective: Investigate individual differences in general practitioners' (GP) knowledge, procedures and opinions of older driver assessments. Methods: Ninety-nine South Australian GPs completed a survey on their knowledge, procedures and opinions concerning fitness to drive assessments in older people. Results: Most GPs were well informed about older driver legislation and used appropriate medical assessments when considering fitness to drive. However, there was much less consistency in the assessment of relevant cognitive abilities. Most GPs believed that there was a need for more transport and support services for older drivers when they ceased driving. Demographic and qualitative information helped explain some differences in both GPs' practice and opinions concerning the assessment of older drivers. Conclusions: Measures should ensure that GPs have accurate knowledge of legislation concerning older drivers; appropriate tests of driving-related cognitive abilities are available; and transport and support options for those older individuals who are no longer fit to drive are considered.
Keywords: Humans
Physical Examination
Geriatric Assessment
Health Care Surveys
Risk Assessment
Attitude of Health Personnel
Task Performance and Analysis
Cognition Disorders
Family Practice
Clinical Competence
Automobile Driving
Automobile Driver Examination
Aged, 80 and over
Physicians, Family
South Australia
Surveys and Questionnaires
Practice Patterns, Physicians'
Description: Journal compilation © 2008 ACOTA
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00304.x
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