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From Confrontation to Collaboration: Making a Place for Dialogue on Seniors' Driving

Friedland, Judith PhD; Rudman, Debbie Laliberte PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2009 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 12–23
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e3181914854
Article

When senior drivers do not have a medical condition that mandates driving cessation, self-regulation takes on a potentially significant role in enhancing safety. In a previous qualitative study, we used focus groups to explore self-regulation from the perspectives of aging drivers and family physicians. Our analysis resulted in a model that included intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental factors. In this article, we draw on the data related to the interpersonal aspects of driving self-regulation. Secondary analysis revealed barriers and facilitators to opening a dialogue on driving among seniors, families, and physicians. Recommendations to decrease confrontation and enhance collaboration at the service delivery and societal levels are made.

From the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto (Dr Friedland), and the School of Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario, London (Dr Rudman), Ontario, Canada.

Corresponding author: Judith Friedland, PhD, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1V7.

This research was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Road Users' Safety Branch, Ontario, Canada.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.