17 Jun CU Study Reports That Doctors Should Speak to Elderly about Driving (Part 2)
Following up to CU Study Reports That Doctors Should Speak to Elderly about Driving (Part 1), here are some additional fascinating findings of the CU study focused on elderly drivers and when medical professionals are – and should be – talking to them about driving alternatives. It’s important to note that one of the goals of this study was to try to make the roadways safer by possibly encouraging those with deteriorating physical health to consider driving alternatives before (rather than after) they may be involved in a serious car accident. Additional findings of the CU study included that:
- In general, elderly patients are receptive to their medical providers bringing up conversations regarding potential driving impairments – like vision loss or slower reflexes – and driving alternatives.
- While patients are open to having these conversations with their doctors and nurses, they reportedly have been unaware that their healthcare providers were even concerned about driving issues that may arise from potential physical impairments.
- Medical professionals’ reticence to have these conversations with their elderly patients typically leaves elderly drivers on the road for, on average, about six years after they have surpassed their ability to be driving safely.
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