Mild Cognitive Impairment and Driving Performance

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition characterized by small, but noticeable decrements in memory and other cognitive skills. Many people with MCI continue to drive, as there is no clear cut-point to identify when a person with age-related cognitive impairments should discontinue driving. This project will recruit a group of participants with MCI, as well as a control group of participants of similar age who do not have MCI. Researchers will collect and analyze three types of data: (1) clinical measures of functional performance, including tests of cognition, vision and coordination; (2) driving performance during a professional driving evaluation that includes tasks that data indicate are particularly difficult for older drivers, and (3) driving exposure based on data from instruments installed in participants’ vehicles, including time of date participants tend to drive, number of unique destinations, and overall driving time and distance. Analyses of these data will explore differences between MCI and control group in amount of driving overall, and in potentially risky contexts such as nighttime and rush hour driving, and the ability to control a vehicle safely. They will also consider whether participants with poorer driving skills are more likely to limit their overall driving (time and/or miles), or avoid potentially difficult conditions such as night or rush hour driving. The findings will provide valuable information to families, medical professionals and others who provide guidance to older adults as they seek to continue to drive safely.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $499751
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTNH2209D00135/0009

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Sifrit, Kathy

    • Performing Organizations:

      TransAnalytics, LLC

      336 West Broad Street
      Quakertown, PA  United States  18951
    • Start Date: 20130930
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Older Driver

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01619841
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH2209D00135/0009
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 22 2016 4:49PM