The Instructional Impact of the American Medical Association's Older Drivers Project Online Curriculum

Thomas M. Meuser, David B. Carr, Marla Berg-Weger, Cheryl Irmiter, Karen E. Peters, Joanne G. Schwartzberg

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Abstract

The Older Drivers Project (ODP) of the American Medical Association has provided evidence-based training for clinicians since 2003. More than 10,000 physicians and other professionals have been trained via an authoritative manual, the Physician's Guide to Assessing & Counseling Older Drivers, and an associated continuing medical education five-module curriculum offered formally by multidisciplinary teams from 12 U.S. States from 2003 to 2008. An hour-long, online version was piloted with medical residents and physicians (N = 259) from six academic and physician office sites from 2010 to 2011. Pre/postsurveys were completed. Most rated the curriculum of high quality and relevant to their practice. A majority (88%) reported learning a new technique or tool, and 89% stated an intention to incorporate new learning into their daily clinical practice. More than one half (62%) reported increased confidence in addressing driving. This transition from in-person to online instruction will allow the ODP to reach many more clinicians, at all levels of training, in the years to come.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-85
Number of pages22
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • continuing medical education
  • medical fitness to drive
  • older driver

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