Driving abilities in frontotemporal dementia patients

Julie Snowden, V. De Simone, L. Kaplan, N. Patronas, E. M. Wassermann, J. Grafman

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    Objective: To evaluate driving competency and the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms and driving behavior in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) patients. Methods: Fifteen patients with a diagnosis of FTD and 15 healthy controls were administered a driving simulation task. Measures of driving performance and neuropsychiatric symptoms were assessed. Results: The FTD patients received more speeding tickets, ran more stop signs and were involved in more off-road crashes and collisions than the controls. The patients' overall average speed was significantly higher. Driving performance was correlated with agitated behavior. Conclusions: Behavioral changes characteristic of FTD patients have an impact on their driving skills leading to inappropriate driving behavior. Copyright © 2007 S. Karger AG.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages6
    JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


    • Dementia
    • Dementia, frontotemporal
    • Driving
    • Frontal lobe


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