Study: Doctor involvement, reporting help reduce crash injuries among older drivers
Posted at: 09/27/2012 8:13 AM
Do you have an elderly family member who still drives?
A new major study shows who is most likely to convince senior citizens to give up their keys, especially if they are medically unfit to drive.
Researchers in Canada found that when doctors warned patients about the risks they pose on the road, as opposed to relatives, there was a drop in serious crashes among those patients.
The study was not able to tell if the improvement was because those patients drove less, or drove more carefully.
The downside? Researchers found that 20-percent of the patients who were warned changed doctors or experienced an increase in depression symptoms.