Provider opinion: Should we screen and counsel parents of teen drivers regarding texting/distracted driving?

Daniel Lambert
The University of Vermont

This qualitative study involved a survey of 19 family medicine practitioners at a community health center in Vermont to assess their opinions on the process of screening and counselling parents of teen drivers regarding texting and distracted driving when they came in for a check-up. All of the surveyed practitioners agreed that distracted driving is a problem among adolescents, and more than half (66%) of them believed that screening parents with adolescent drivers would be a worthwhile practice. Practitioners indicated that the screening measure would be most accessible via an educational mobile application (66%) or an educational pamphlet (33%). The effectiveness of these methods could be determined based on follow-up visits to the clinic in addition to monitoring teenage distracted driving prevalence within the county.

Reference
Lambert, D. (2018). Provider opinion: Should we screen and counsel parents of teen drivers regarding texting/distracted driving? Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects, 320.