EPIDEMIOLOGY II. Vision Care Providers’ Approaches to Assessment David C. Musch, PhD, MPH; Nancy K. Janz, PhD; Rebecca L. Leinberger, MPH; Leslie M. Niziol, MS; Brenda W. Gillespie, PhD Objectives: To characterize situations that prompt vi- periencing glare were frequent, but inquiries about driv- sion care providers (VCPs) to ask about their older pa- ing tasks (eg, making left turns) were infrequent. The tients’ driving, the types of information they consider, likelihood of asking about specific driving tasks was sig- and the factors that influence these inquiries. nificantly greater with more time in practice and with a higher percentage of older patients in their practice, and Methods: A survey was conducted among a random the likelihood was significantly less for ophthalmolo- sample of 500 VCPs who were active members of their gist specialists vs optometrists. Michigan professional organizations and had patients 65 years or older in their practice. Factors associated with Conclusions: Vision care providers are often placed in the survey responses were identified using ordinal logis- a primary role of advising older patients about their abil- tic regression analyses. ity to drive safely or legally. The most frequent tests they use fail to capture the complexities of visual
JAMA Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Feb 1, 2013
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