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People with dementia in the driving seat : using a participatory approach to research in the development of a driver screening tool

Clift, BJ 2015, People with dementia in the driving seat : using a participatory approach to research in the development of a driver screening tool , DProf thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Entitlement to drive is now viewed by many people as an essential component in the maintenance of independence (Box et al, 2010). Private motor vehicles are considered a key component in many aspects of contemporary life and are particularly important for people with a limitation in personal mobility. The driving task involves the smooth integration and coordination of a number of cognitive, perceptual and physical elements (Hoffman and Snyder, 2005). Testing tools designed to evaluate the effect of cognitive impairment upon driving are available but many perform poorly when evaluating both older individuals and people with a diagnosis of dementia (Molnar et al, 2006). This research project aimed to give voice to the experience of people with dementia, carers and health professionals in the construction of an effective and clinically useful prototype screening tool, specifically for use in predicting the safety of drivers with a diagnosis of dementia. A participatory action research approach was taken with two separate groups formed from a dementia volunteer support group and a health professional dementia special interest group. The key findings of the research identified characteristic driving behaviours associated with a decline in driving safety and these were used to develop a dementia and driving screening tool. Additionally, a comprehensive information guide for the monitoring and management of driving with dementia was constructed through the action of group meetings. The experiences of both research groups strongly suggested that early consideration and planning is essential in the successful management of driving and eventual driving cessation for people with dementia.

Item Type: Thesis (DProf)
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: BJ Clift
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2015 15:00
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35951

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