RISK FACTORS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES AMONG OLDER DRIVERS IN A RURAL COMMUNITY

The objective of this study is to estimate the motor vehicle crash rate in a cohort of older drivers from a rural community and to identify health-related conditions that increase their risk for crash involvement. The setting was the Iowa 65+ Rural Health Study, one of four Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE). Participants were 1,791 drivers aged 68 years and older. Results show that between 1985 and 1989, 206 drivers were involved in 245 state-recorded crashes. The estimated annual crash involvement rate for these rural older drivers (28 per 1000 driving years) was about 20% less than the national average for drivers aged 65 years and over (36 per 1000). An increased risk for motor vehicle crashes was associated with episodes of back pain, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and poor performance on a free-recall memory test.

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    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    428 East Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21202
  • Authors:
    • Foley, D J
    • Wallace, R B
    • Eberhard, J
  • Publication Date: 1995-7

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00730120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 5 1997 12:00AM