Interactive Mature-Driver Safety and Decision Course

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,262.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AG024006-01
Award Id:
71077
Agency Tracking Number:
AG024006
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
OREGON CENTER FOR APPLIED SCIENCE, INC., 1839 GARDEN AVE, EUGENE, OR, 97403
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
BRIAN DANAHER
(541) 484-2123
briand@ori.org
Business Contact:
DENNIS ARY
(541) 342-7227
DARY@ORCASINC.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): By the year 2020 one-fifth of Americans will be over 65, roughly double the number in 1995. By 2030, a 178% increase in crash involvements and 155% increase in fatal involvements is projected for those over age 70 (Lyman, Ferguson, Braver, & Williams, 2002). AAA and AARP recognize the importance of mature-driver safety and sponsor courses to refresh old driving skills and teach ways to adapt to age-related changes. This project will design, develop, and test an interactive, multimedia curriculum to support mature-drivers' efforts to improve driving safety and remain independent longer. This system will (a) provide easy access to engaging, user-tailored instruction regarding the effects of age on different aspects of driving safety, (b) teach improved driving strategies and skills, and (c) individually tailor a report and recommendations for how to: reduce risks; improve skills; explore when to limit or cease driving; and manage long-term independence. The curriculum will be targeted by gender and tailored to individuals by areas of assessed risk and individual driving-safety concerns. The underlying theories for supporting behavior change are the Theory of Reasoned Action and Social Cognitive Theory. Phase I will target female mature-drivers and will be evaluated in a randomized trial.

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