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Neuropsychology. 2004 Jan;18(1):85-93.

The relationship between neuropsychological functioning and driving ability in dementia: a meta-analysis.

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Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, WA, USA. mreger@u.washington.edu

Abstract

A meta-analysis of 27 primary studies was conducted to examine the relationship between neuropsychological functioning and driving ability for adults with dementia. When studies using a control group were included, the relationship between cognitive measures and on-road or non-road driving measures was significant for all reported domains; mean correlations ranged from.35 to.65. Caregiver reports of driving ability and cognitive variables were correlated significantly only on measures of mental status and visuospatial skills. When studies using a control group were excluded, moderate mean correlations were observed for visuospatial skills and on-road or non-road measures, and for mental status with non-road tests. Other effects were small or nonsignificant. Implications for basing driving recommendations on neuropsychological testing are discussed.

PMID:
14744191
DOI:
10.1037/0894-4105.18.1.85
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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