Centre for Rehabilitation Research & Development

Candrive Research Program

What is Candrive?

Candrive, a Canadian research program aimed at improving the safety and quality-of life of older drivers is now into its thirteenth year of activity. Established in 2002 as a result of Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) NET Grant funding, Candrive is an established network of diverse Canadian researchers interested in older driver issues. Research members of Candrive include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, kinesiologists, epidemiologists, and a number of medical specialists in geriatric medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, rheumatology and geriatric psychiatry. The program is led by co-principal investigators Dr. Shawn Marshall and Dr. Malcolm Man-Son-Hing of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Candrive was awarded a $5.5 million CIHR Team Grant in 2008 and $1.4 million CIHR Operating Grant in 2014 to continue their work.

Candrive Vision

The vision of Candrive is to use a national interdisciplinary approach to improve the safety and health-related quality-of-life of older drivers. Collaboration with key stakeholders including seniors’ organizations, provincial ministries of transportation and professional organizations is imperative in ensuring that Candrive research products translate into improved older driver public policy and clinical practice.

Candrive’s Current Research Goal:

Candrive’s primary research goal is to complete a 7-year multi-centre prospective cohort study of older drivers to determine the key factors that impact their driving safety. Study investigators have recruited nearly 1000 older drivers, aged 70 and older, from seven Canadian cities; Victoria, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and Montreal. Additionally, Australian colleagues from Monash University have established an international site for the study that includes Melbourne and New Zealand. The results of this current study will assist Candrive researchers in achieving their primary objective of developing and implementing a validated, easy-to-use clinical screening tool that will allow family practitioners to assess medical fitness to drive in older adults. Along with this cohort study, funding is also provided to conduct 6 subprojects in various Canadian cities all centred on issues related to older adults and driving.