Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Driving is a complex activity that requires dual-task behaviors involving attention shifting, multi-limb control, and task prioritization strategies to safely navigate a dynamic environment. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is characterized by motor and non-motor deficits that can affect driving safety and performance. Experiencing a decline in cognitive and motor functions that are required for driving can put this population at risk for driving cessation. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effects of implicit and explicit cues on attention during driving performance and behavioral effects of medication on drivers with PD in a quasi-experimental study, as well as identify evidence-based interventions to improve motor and cognitive functions related to driving for individuals with PD in a systematic review.
Reaser, Amy, "Cognitive and Motor Functions During Driving in Parkinson’s Disease" (2021). OT Student Capstones. 24.