A validation study which assesses whether selected measures can identify fitness to drive for people with early dementia has been published online.

Among the authors of the study, ‘Assessing fitness to drive: A validation study on patients with mild cognitive impairment’, were researchers Ragnhild Davidse and Jolieke de Groot, from the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research.

Currently, about 250 000 people in the Netherlands suffer from dementia. In 2040, this number is expected to have doubled. Research shows that although drivers with early dementia have an increased risk of crashes, they can often still drive safely. Recently, a strategy was composed for the assessment of their fitness to drive, consisting of clinical interviews, a neuropsychological assessment, and driving simulator rides.

The aim of the study was to explore whether such measures were effectively accurate in identifying fitness to drive in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

The study was published by Taylor and Francis Online.

View the study online.