UCL Institute of Health Informatics


New paper: Thought–feeling discrimination in people with dementia

30 April 2019

A group of researchers from UCL and the University of Bristol including Henry Potts from IHI, have published a paper on their work developing a version of the Behavior Thought Feeling Questionnaire (BTFQ) suitable for a dementia population.

IHI Researcher Henry Potts

Henry Potts, an IHI researcher was part of a group of researchers who published their work on “Thought–feeling discrimination in people with dementia: adaptation and preliminary validation of the first dementia-specific measure”

There is emerging evidence that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be effective for treating anxiety and depression in people living with dementia. Discriminating between thoughts and feelings is a critical element of CBT. This study addressed the question of whether an existing measure of thought–feeling discrimination could be applicable for people living with dementia.

This study involved the completion of an adapted version of the BTFQ by 102 people living with dementia and 77 people over the age of 65 without cognitive impairments. This enabled researchers to create an adapted measure of thought-feeling discrimination suitable for people living with dementia, the BTFQ-D.

The BTFQ-D showed preliminary validity as a measure of thought–feeling discrimination in people living with dementia. It may be useful in measuring people’s readiness for CBT as part of a clinical assessment.

To read the publication, follow this link.  https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-psychogeriatrics/article/thoughtfeeling-discrimination-in-people-with-dementia-adaptation-and-preliminary-validation-of-the-first-dementiaspecific-measure/901DDB61933EEE7D979A1387BA42B6CF