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Transportation and driving in longitudinal studies on ageing.
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PMID:  20628173     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: the associations between transportation, driving and successful ageing are as yet poorly understood. As longitudinal studies are the best methodology for clarifying associations and relationships between health, ageing and environmental factors, we sought to determine how transportation is incorporated into longitudinal studies, and which aspects are assessed.
METHODS: of 55 longitudinal studies on ageing on the National Institute on Aging register, online survey instruments, where available, were scrutinised for references to transport. Where unavailable, principal investigators were contacted by mail/email/phone and asked to forward questions on transportation and driving. Questions were classified into (i) systems, (ii) resources, (iii) transport satisfaction and (iv) mobility needs.
RESULTS: of 55 studies, we could review 36 questionnaires (28 personal replies, 9 accessible online survey instruments). Sixteen had no reference to driving or transportation, 20 (61%) had public transport components and 12 (31%) included questions about driving. Questions covered systems (17), transportation needs (12), transportation resources (11) and transportation satisfaction (4).
CONCLUSION: transport is under-represented in ongoing longitudinal studies, with emphases on public transport, systems and resources, rather than driving and satisfaction. Future waves of studies could usefully review their survey instruments to better measure older people's preferences on transport options and satisfaction.
Mairead Bartley; Desmond O'Neill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-07-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Age and ageing     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1468-2834     ISO Abbreviation:  Age Ageing     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-18     Completed Date:  2010-11-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375655     Medline TA:  Age Ageing     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  631-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience and the Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data*
Longitudinal Studies / statistics & numerical data
Patient Preference / statistics & numerical data*
Registries / statistics & numerical data
Transportation / statistics & numerical data*

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