Assistant Psychologist Kirsty Carter and Dr John-Paul Taylor from Newcastle University have developed a clinical pathway which offers clear guidelines for health workers with regard to helping dementia patients who wish to drive.
The pathway examines the risks for the public and for dementia patients who continue to drive, with consideration being given to mental impairments such as short-term memory problems and disorientation, and how these might affect the competence to drive.
Read more: New dementia and driving guidance. BPS.
New dementia and driving guidance. Leicester: British Psychological Society, April 11th 2013.
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[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].
Recent Cochrane Review: Inconclusive
The authors found a “deficit” in the literature about driving and people with dementia. There is considerable international variation in the regulatory and legislative processes regarding driving assessments for people with dementia.
Martin, A.J. Marottoli, R. [and] O’Neill, D. (2013). Driving assessment for maintaining mobility and safety in drivers with dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Online). August 29th 2013; Issue No. 8: No. CD006222.