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How will the Candrive vision be implemented?

Candrive is a multiyear research program which will be implemented in several steps.

The first step is to develop a standardized way for primary care physicians (i.e. family doctors) and other clinicians to evaluate whether older individuals are medically fit to continue operating a motor vehicle. There are many stages in the development of this screening tool. These stages include conducting a needs assessment, and identifying the risk factors associated with unsafe driving. Then, using these risk factors, a national representative group of older drivers will be followed over a number of years by assessing their medical status and driving performance.

The second major step involves studies that will identify and overcome the barriers to implementing the screening tool into primary care practice. Researchers will examine the psychological and social issues that impact older drivers and their support systems. This psychosocial research will ensure that the screening tools developed are acceptable to older persons, their families, caregivers and physicians.

A variety of other projects comprise the third step of developing a national network of Candrive researchers. This work includes the continuous updating of a research database that will be shared with national driving researchers, hosting national conferences for driving researchers, and determining whether performance in driving simulators predicts future crashes. The Candrive research program will also examine medical/legal issues affecting the use of the screening tool in clinical practice and the evaluation of its risk/benefit and cost effectiveness. Alternatives to licence revocation, such as retraining or restricted licensing, will be examined in an effort to extend the safe driving years of older people.

 

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