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PRE-PLANNING FOR DEVELOPING A LONG-TERM PROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND SENIOR DRIVERS

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigators:   David W. Eby, Lindsay H. Ryan, Lidia P. Kostyniuk, Jacqui Smith, David James Leblanc

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) recently submitted a proposal (13-PAF02841) to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAAFTS) entitled Developing a Long-Term Prospective Cohort Study to Better Understand Senior Drivers. The proposal was one of three considered to be outstanding for various reasons by AAAFTS; the other two proposals came from Dr. Guohua Li (Columbia University), and Dr. Robert Santos (the Urban Institute). Rather than select one of the three proposals to fund, AAAFTS?s Research and Development Committee determined that it would be advantageous to consider the best ideas from each proposal and collectively design a new prospective cohort study of senior drivers. To that end, researchers from the three institutions were invited to be part of a steering committee tasked with developing and overseeing a combined project that would be jointly carried out by the three groups over a 5-year period (that could be expanded to 10 years).

A conference call between member of AAAFTS and researchers from the three institutions was held on February 27, 2013. AAAFTS initially outlined five broad planning tasks for the steering committee: planning for a large cross-sectional survey to collect baseline information on older drivers; creating a project management plan and study design; developed a detailed 5-year budget plan; developing an analysis plan; and developing a publication plan. However, after much discussion, it was determined that a pre-planning phase was an important and necessary first step in developing a shared vision for the project direction and scope. Therefore the planning stage of the project (April 1, 2013?December 31, 2013) was divided into two stages: pre-planning and pre-testing. Each research institution was asked to develop a brief proposal and budget specifically for the pre-planning stage.

Funding Period: 05/22/2013 to 12/31/2013

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