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Mild cognitive impairment: safe to drive?

Lookup NU author(s): Kirsty OlsenORCiD, Professor John-Paul TaylorORCiD, Professor Alan ThomasORCiD


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Driving is an important aspect of daily living and for many older people provides autonomy and psycho-social benefits. Cognitive impairment has been found to impact driving skills at the level of dementia, however, uncertainty remains around the impact of a diagnosis of the pre-dementia condition mild cognitive impairment. Current official guidelines are unclear, and assessment of fitness to drive can be problematical. This editorial examines current official guidance available to the clinician and problems with existing assessment as well as the current position of research specifically into MCI and driving, and considers future direction for research in this field.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Olsen K, Taylor JP, Thomas A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Maturitas

Year: 2014

Volume: 78

Issue: 2

Pages: 82-85

Print publication date: 01/06/2014

Online publication date: 22/03/2014

Acceptance date: 10/03/2014

ISSN (print): 0378-5122

ISSN (electronic): 1873-4111


DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.03.004

PubMed id: 24709165