Project: Driving and Dementia

Reference: UG266

Last update: 09/09/2003 15:49:29


The objective of this project is to find a method for screening motorists for effects of dementia on their standard of driving. Establish a methodology to examine the issue of dementia, identify the factors related to the onset of dementia and the effect of these factors on a person's ability to drive.


A range of screening tests and on the road driving assessments were used to see if a correlation could be established between dementia of subjects and their driving abilities. The project used volunteers identified by GPs, and clinicians based at Stoke Mandeville hospital.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £38,800.00

Actual start date: 30 September 1999

Actual completion date: 06 June 2001

Summary of results

  1. The number of subjects was insufficient to draw firm conclusions about the screening method, and further consideration will need to be given on the best way of developing this work.

Departmental Assessment Status: Project completed prior to the implementation of the Departmental publications scheme.