258772 Is your older patient at risk? Evaluation of a web curriculum that educates physicians regarding assessing, counseling, and treating older drivers

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:42 PM

Joanne Schwartzberg, MD , American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Cheryl Irmiter, PhD, LCSW, CADC , Aging and Community Health, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Lela Manning , American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Karen E. Peters, DrPH , School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Physicians and other health professionals are often faced with questions about the ability of their older patients to drive, yet may lack the knowledge and/or confidence to respond. This is a challenging topic, in which injury prevention is the goal for the patient, family and society. To assist physicians and residents-in-training to improve their knowledge and ability to assess, counsel, and treat older adults, a web based curriculum was designed. A mixed method study collected data from 6 sites (2 physician practices and 4 resident programs). Participants (n=260) completed pre/post survey questionnaires to assess the level of knowledge, knowledge gained, and practice improvement implications. Findings highlight that 90% of the participants increased their knowledge and level of confidence about older adult driving and found the course (1 hour) and the educational resources to be beneficial for practice. Ninety-three percent (93%) were now more comfortable to assess, counsel and treat older drivers about driving retirement and there were significant increases (p<.001) in becoming familiar with state driving laws and regulations, having discussions on driver safety and having familiarity with driving rehabilitation options. This web based curriculum highlights that there is a strong interest among providers for more knowledge to assess, treat, and counsel older drivers. A web based curriculum that provides a variety of methods to engage participants, and apply the knowledge to practice proved to be beneficial.

Learning Areas:
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the components of a web-based curriculum on older adult driving for health care providers Compare differences among groups of health care providers regarding assessment and couseling activities related to their older adult patients who drive Assess the usefulness of a web-based curriculum in implementing practice change concerning older adult patients and driving.

Keywords: Patient Education, Professional Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as a co-investigator on this project and am a senior research scientist at the American Medical Association
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.