Interventions to maintain mobility: What works?
- Published: Accid Anal Prev. In press.
- Authors: Ross, L.A., E.L. Schmidt, and K. Ball.
- Date Added: 04 Feb 2014
- Last Update: 04 Feb 2014
The purpose of the study was to review the literature available on interventions for maintaining mobility.
An electronic search of PubMed was carried out using a systematic combination of three qualifiers: targeted intervention approaches, dependent variable of interest, and a sample qualifier (i.e. ‘older adult’). Only research in English between 1990 and 2012 that met pre-established criteria was considered for review.
81 articles met the criteria set out by the authors.
The interventions could be classified under three types: cognitive training, educational interventions and exercise.
Most studies identified were evaluating exercise-based interventions, though these were diverse in terms of content, presentation, and duration. In addition, only one study used driving performance as the outcome measure.
Authors conclude that cognitive training and exercise-based interventions hold the most promise, though more research is needed to develop personalised interventions for drivers with different levels of difficulty.
Mobility; Intervention; Training; Older adults; Driving; Lifespan