By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Fresh data on Risk Management are presented in a new report. According to news originating from Hamilton , Canada , by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Older adults represent the fastest-growing population of drivers with a valid driver's licence. Also common in this age group are multiple chronic medical conditions that may have an effect on physical function and driving ability." Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from McMaster University , "Determining the reliability of physical measures used to assess older drivers' functional ability is important to identifying those who are safe to continue driving. Most previous reliability studies of clinical physical measures of health used test-retest intervals shorter than those between patient visits with a clinician. In the present study we examined a more clinically representative interval of 1 year to determine the stability of commonly used physical measures collected during the Candrive II prospective cohort study of older drivers. Reliability statistics indicate that the sequential finger-thumb opposition, rapid pace walk and the Pelli-Robson contrast sensitivity tests have adequate stability over 1 year. Poor stability was observed for the one-legged stance and Snellen visual acuity test. Several assessments with nominal data (Marottoli method [functional neck range of motion], whispered voice test, range of motion and strength testing) lacked sufficient variability to conduct reliability analyses; however, a lack of variability between test days suggests consistency over a 1-year time frame." According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Our results provide evidence that specific physical measures are stable in monitoring functional ability over the course of a year." For more information on this research see: Stability of physical assessment of older drivers over 1 year. Accident Analysis and Prevention , 2013;61():261-266. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd , The Boulevard, Langford Lane , Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England . ( Elsevier - www.elsevier.com ; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336 ) The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from A. Smith, McMaster University , Sch Rehabil Sci, Hamilton, ON , Canada . Additional authors for this research include S. Marshall, M. Porter , L. Ha , M. Bedard , I. Gelinas, M. Man-Son-Hing , B. Mazer , M. Rapoport , H. Tuokko and B. Vrkljan . Keywords for this news article include: Canada , Ontario , Hamilton, Risk Management , North and Central America Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC
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