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Studying data to understand risk factors for older drivers

Dr. Michael Singleton, assistant professor of Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and a faculty in the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, is co-investigator on a new award from the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The award will fund a multi-site investigation designed will help determine the utility of linked data for identifying risk factors, protective factors, and outcomes of motor vehicle crashes among older adults. The project, “A Multi-State Integrated Data Approach to Analyzing Older Occupant Motor Vehicle Crash and Injury Risk Factors,” includes investigators from Utah, Maryland, Kentucky, and Ohio. Anticipated funding is $1.2 million over 3 years.

The research will provide a better understanding of risk factors that contribute to increased risk of motor vehicle crashes and injury severity for older occupants. In order to integrate outcome data with pre-event data and event data from the crash report, the project will create a multi-year, multi-state probabilistically linked database of police crash data, hospital billing data, driver license files, toxicology data, and citation and conviction data. Information from across all time points of the injury event will provide a more complete picture of motor vehicle crashes among older adults.