Motor Vehicle Accidents in Parkinson's Disease: A Questionnaire Study

This article reports on a study of motor vehicle crashes experiences by people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Japan. The authors sent a questionnaire to patients in Japan who had received medical care certificates for Parkinson’s disease in 2014 (n = 1,417). Those patients with Parkinson’s disease who previously or currently held a driving license at the time of the survey were analyzed (n = 384). The authors found that 57 patients had caused at least one crash in the previous 5 years (2009-2014). Additional analyses showed that ergot-dopamine agonist (DA) use and excessive daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale score >= 10) were the best predictors of crash involvement. For patients who causes non-sleep-related crashes, there was longer disease duration, more frequent ergot-DA use, and high cognition and communication subscores on the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire-39. The authors also discuss other potential risk factors, including the use of non-ergot-Das and living in a rural community.


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  • Accession Number: 01688552
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:55PM