Effect of Navigation Problems, Assessment Location, and a Practice Test on Driving Assessment Performance for People with Alzheimer's Disease
Carolyn A Unsworth, Kay Russell, Robin Lovell, Michael Woodward, Matthew Browne
JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE | IOS PRESS | Published : 2019
BACKGROUND: People with Alzheimer's disease may be required to undertake clinical and on-road assessments to determine fitness to drive. The manner in which on-road assessments are conducted with drivers who do and do not have navigational problems may affect the outcome. OBJECTIVES: Investigate the effect of 1) navigational difficulties, 2) location of assessment (un/familiar area) and assessment order, and 3) undertaking a second assessment (practice), on passing an on-road driving assessment. METHODS: Forty-three drivers undertook an Occupational Therapy-Driver Assessment Off Road Assessment (OT-DORA) Battery which included the Drive Home Maze Test (DHMT). Participants with/without a hist..View full abstract
This work was supported by a grant from the Alzheimer's Australia - Victoria Dementia Research Foundation. Thanks are extended to the occupational therapy driver assessors and clients who volunteered to participate in the research.