Caregiver Information Search Behavior for Alternative Transportation

Numerous factors contribute to cessation of driving ranging from a decline in cognitive capability to a decrease in overall physical health. When driving cessation occurs, responsibility often falls on adult child caregivers to extend the personal mobility of their parents deeper into old age. While not the end-all solution, alternative transportation can alleviate some of the pressure placed on family and friends in transporting the driving disadvantaged to essential destinations such as a grocery store or pharmacy, as well as 'nonessential' social destinations that have been shown to improve the mental health of the elderly. Today's caregiver has a greater toolset at their disposal than their predecessors in the search for information on alternative transportation. However, while information available on the internet can be rich, relevant and instructive, finding it is not as simple as googleing a few key words and declaring 'mission accomplished.' Additionally, factors such as the transportation environment and caregiver distance will affect the amount of information opportunity available to the caregiver. This project focuses on understanding the means through which different types of caregivers find information on alternative transportation, and aims to develop a cohesive framework that demonstrates the process a caregiver will undertake in obtaining information. Results will be condensed into several reports that alternative transportation information seekers and alternative transportation providers can use to improve the quality of life of the transportation disadvantaged. This project will draw on a range of established theory rooted in the fields of communication, transportation and human factors. Results will be publicly disseminated through journal submission and publishing of findings on the New England University Transportation Center website.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      Coughlin, Joseph

    • Start Date: 20091101
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20110831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 24553

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480760
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, MITR22-2
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM