A randomized crash injury prevention trial of transitioning high-risk elders from driving

James D. Stowe, Teresa M. Cooney, Stephanie Bonne, Thomas M. Meuser, Marla Berg-Weger, Nicholas Schmidt, Jeffrey Coughenour

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BACKGROUND: Older adults with medical conditions that impair function are at risk for experiencing a motor vehicle crash. This randomized controlled trial tested an intervention to reduce crash-related risk among older patients. METHODS: A 2-to-1 allocation ratio resulted in comparisons between 26 intervention and 13 attention control (n = 39) group members who were recruited from inpatient and outpatient settings. The intervention consisted of two sessions of facilitated planning in which participants' health, transportation alternatives, attitudes/emotions regarding a change in mobility, and actions to ensure continued safe mobility were discussed. Moreover, all participants received supportive telephone calls during the 6-month intervention period. RESULTS: Results showed that when compared with the control group, the intervention group had significantly better subjective health, had fewer high-risk driving behaviors, and drove less distance on excursions from home at follow-up. Yet, simple repeated-measures analyses were not significant. CONCLUSION: Results suggest that facilitated planning may help ease the transition to driving retirement among some high-risk older patients. Larger samples and longer study duration are needed to confirm these effects and to measure direct crash and injury outcomes. A significant proportion of high-risk patients do not plan for driving retirement and remain a crash risk. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic/care management study, level III.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


  • Injury prevention
  • geriatric trauma
  • motor vehicle crash
  • older adult


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