Project: Effects of MS on Driving

Reference: UG328

Last update: 09/09/2003 15:51:56

Objectives

The main objective of this project is to establish a suitable measure of 'fatigue'. This was a pilot project to establish a methodology of measuring fatigue in drivers who have MS.

Description

It is thought that there are some 80,000 people within the UK diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. One symptom of MS is fatigue and the degree to which this symptom affects the life of a person depends on pathology and lifestyle. If driving is a feature in a person's life style, fatigue will almost certainly have some consequence upon it.

It is not clear how the fatigue factor of MS affects the mobility of drivers who have been diagnosed with this condition. Drivers with MS could benefit from improvements in vehicle design and adaptations. They may also benefit from specific advice and mobility management.

This is a pilot project to investigate the effects of fatigue on drivers with multiple sclerosis. The fatigue in this case is specific to the driving task and to drivers having MS.

Contractor(s)

University of Nottingham
School of Sociology and Social Policy, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £16,400.00

Actual start date: 14 September 2000

Actual completion date: 30 April 2001

Summary of results

  1. This was an investigative pilot study attempting to find a method of assessing driver related fatigue. This proved to be difficult and an evaluation toll to measure task specific driving related fatigue could not be identified.
    The project identified fatigue as an important factor in driving for people with MS but not the only factor causing driving related difficulties.

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