Conference Proceeding

Using In-Vehicle Devices to Examine Exposure and Patterns in Drivers with Parkinson’s Disease Compared to an Age-Matched Control Group

Authors
  • Alex Crizzle (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada)
  • Anita Myers (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada)
  • Brenda Vrkljan (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada)
  • Quincy Almeida (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada)

Abstract

Symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), as well as medications, can influence safe driving. Some studies have shown that drivers with PD make more errors and may have more crashes. Although a few studies have suggested drivers with PD may self-regulate by reducing amount of driving and avoiding challenging situations, findings are based on self-report data. The purpose of this study was to objectively examine naturalistic driving exposure and patterns in drivers with PD compared to an age-matched group of healthy drivers using electronic, in-vehicle devices over a two week monitoring period. Compared to the controls, the PD group drove significantly less overall (number of trips, kilometres, duration), on weekends and at night. When adjusted for number of days of driving, the PD group still made fewer trips and drove proportionately less at night. This was the first study to examine the actual driving practices of a PD population using objective measures.

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Crizzle, A. & Myers, A. & Vrkljan, B. & Almeida, Q., (2011) “Using In-Vehicle Devices to Examine Exposure and Patterns in Drivers with Parkinson’s Disease Compared to an Age-Matched Control Group”, Driving Assessment Conference 6(2011), 263-269. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1406

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Published on
29 Jun 2011
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