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Infrequent flyers? Exploring the issue of air travel and dementia from the perspective of people with dementia, their carers, airline staff and airport services.

Dr Maria O'Reilly, Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Ms Nicole Shepherd
Research Centre DCRC Carers and Consumers
Partner Institution QUT (Prof Helen Edwards, Prof Lindy Willmott, A/Prof Alexander Dreiling)
Project Description
 

This study will explore an area that has had little attention in the research literature: the issue of air travel and dementia. Air travel is increasingly accessible and is used for both pleasure and necessity; a diagnosis of dementia does not automatically mean people stop travelling. 

However, there are risks of adverse outcomes when people with dementia fly, including medical complications, disorientation and agitation.  Without adequate information, it is difficult for people with dementia, their carers or airport and airline staff to make informed decisions about the feasibility of travel or to ensure flights are as safe and comfortable as possible. 

This study is an initial step in exploring the issue from the perspective of people with dementia, their carers, airport staff and flight crews.  This will be achieved through a survey and follow-up interviews, with people with dementia and their carers, and airline staff.  Results will help inform future research leading to the development of suitable guidelines about air travel for people with dementia, their carers, airline staff and medical professionals.

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The project will follow NHMRC guidelines for ethical conduct at all times.  
Ethical clearance has been granted from relevant human research ethics committees (HRECs), including QUT HREC.

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