A cross-sectional investigation of public attitudes towards dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire using the Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire

Cheston, R. , Hancock, J. and White, P. and Bristol Health Partners Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) (2016) A cross-sectional investigation of public attitudes towards dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire using the Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire. International Psychogeriatrics, 28 (10). pp. 1717-1724. ISSN 1041-6102 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28865

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Background: Globally, estimates suggest 36 million people were living with dementia in 2010, with around 800,000 of these living in the United Kingdom. These figures are expected to rise. To date, attitudes toward dementia have largely been explored with health care professionals supporting people affected by dementia. This study sampled person-centred attitudes to dementia across the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area general population. This is important as positive attitudes are consistently associated with more favourable behaviours. Methods: A survey was carried out using a modified version of the Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire (ADQ) Data from people living outside the area, and people who were working with people affected by dementia were omitted from the analysis. Responses from the remaining 794 ADQ questionnaires were weighted to correct for under-represented age, gender and ethnic groups. Results: Younger people held more positive attitudes toward dementia than older people. Individuals who identified themselves as White held more positive attitudes than non-White individuals. Individuals with personal experience of dementia held more positive attitudes than those with no experience of dementia. When considering age differences gender played a role, with younger men having more positive scores than other groups. Conclusions: This is one of the first surveys of public attitudes to dementia to use a validated questionnaire such as the ADQ. The study provides a baseline of attitudes towards dementia for the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas, against which we will be able to compare changes over time.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, attitudes, Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire General (ADQ), stigma
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Professor R. Cheston
Date Deposited: 16 May 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2017 07:44
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/28865

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