Evaluation of driving tests in predicting driving performance
Evaluated whether commonly used neuropsychological batteries correlated with driving simulator skills. Data suggest that mental tracking ability, mental flexibility, and immediate verbal memory ability were significantly correlated with driving measures, including out-of-lane events, speed, and braking pressure.
Driving performance in patients with glaucoma
25 patients with glaucoma and 29 age-equivalent normally sighted control subjects participated in an interactive driving simulator test and provided real-world accident history for the previous 5-year period. Findings reveal that reduced contrast sensitivity may be important in indicating the level of driving skills for individuals with glaucoma who have normal or near-normal visual acuity and mild to moderate visual field loss.
Influence of stroke-related impairments on performance in 6-minute walk test
Assessed which stroke-related physical impairments influence performance in the 6-minute walk test and evaluated if this test provides a measure of functional walking endurance after stroke. Motor deficits of the lower limb and decreased balance contribute to the distance an adult with stroke can walk in 6 minutes. Changes in pulse and systolic blood pressure suggest that the walk test does provide a clinical measure of fitness for adults with strok
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