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What factors delay driving retirement by individuals with dementia?: the doctors’ perspectives

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Abstract


  • Introduction: An increasing number of individuals with

    dementia drive. Many argue that those with mild dementia

    are safe to do so. This study explored the attitudes,

    knowledge and behaviour of hospital-based doctors

    towards drivers with dementia. Methods: 20 doctors in a

    regional hospital in NSW were surveyed using a 20-item

    questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were applied to the data

    collected. Results: Half were unaware of the Austroads

    national guidelines; 60% incorrectly believed that they were

    legally obliged to report all unsafe drivers in NSW. Most

    felt that drivers with dementia delay driving retirement

    for a wide range of reasons. All participants expressed a

    desire for changes to current clinical practices. Conclusion:

    Drivers with dementia require guidance from their treating

    physicians. This study found that there is room for

    improvement in the attitudes, knowledge and practices of

    hospital-based doctors who treated drivers with dementia.

    Options for improved road safety and avenues for future

    research are discussed.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Carmody, J., Granger, J., Lewis, K., Traynor, V. & Iverson, D. C. (2013). What factors delay driving retirement by individuals with dementia?: the doctors’ perspectives. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 24 (1), 10-16.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1355&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/343

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Introduction: An increasing number of individuals with

    dementia drive. Many argue that those with mild dementia

    are safe to do so. This study explored the attitudes,

    knowledge and behaviour of hospital-based doctors

    towards drivers with dementia. Methods: 20 doctors in a

    regional hospital in NSW were surveyed using a 20-item

    questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were applied to the data

    collected. Results: Half were unaware of the Austroads

    national guidelines; 60% incorrectly believed that they were

    legally obliged to report all unsafe drivers in NSW. Most

    felt that drivers with dementia delay driving retirement

    for a wide range of reasons. All participants expressed a

    desire for changes to current clinical practices. Conclusion:

    Drivers with dementia require guidance from their treating

    physicians. This study found that there is room for

    improvement in the attitudes, knowledge and practices of

    hospital-based doctors who treated drivers with dementia.

    Options for improved road safety and avenues for future

    research are discussed.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Carmody, J., Granger, J., Lewis, K., Traynor, V. & Iverson, D. C. (2013). What factors delay driving retirement by individuals with dementia?: the doctors’ perspectives. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 24 (1), 10-16.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1355&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/343

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 10

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 24

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia