The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) have published their first paper as a HIT. The aim of the study ‘ A cross-sectional investigation of public attitudes toward dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire using the approaches to dementia questionnaire‘ was to carry out a survey of public attitudes toward people affected by dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
To date, surveys of attitudes toward dementia have largely been conducted using unvalidated materials or have focused on healthcare professionals supporting people affected by dementia. This is one of the first surveys of public attitudes to dementia to use a validated questionnaire such as the approaches to dementia questionnaire (ADQ).
The study provides a baseline of attitudes toward dementia for the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas, against which the Dementia HIT will be able to compare changes over time. This is important due to the emphasis in public health campaigns on improving attitudes toward dementia.