Friday, August 16, 2013

Study evaluates distracted driving among adolescents with ADHD

A study using a driving simulator suggests that adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who were distracted while driving demonstrated more variability in speed and lane position than adolescents without ADHD, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. Patients with ADHD have higher rates of crashes and experience greater tactical and operational driving impairments than their counterparts without ADHD, according to the study background. The study notes there appeared to be no ADHD-related deficits for average speed, braking reaction time or likelihood of crash. However, the study suggests that texting "significantly impairs" the driving performance of all adolescents and increases existing driving-related impairment in adolescents with ADHD. To see the full article, go to: