Assessment of preferences for treatment: Validation of a measure

Souraya Sidani, Dana R. Epstein, Richard R. Bootzin, Patricia Moritz, Joyal Miranda

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Systematic measurement of treatment preferences is needed to obtain well-informed preferences. Guided by a conceptualization of treatment preferences, a measure was developed to assess treatment acceptability and preference. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the treatment acceptability and preferences (TAP) measure. The TAP measure contains a description of each treatment under evaluation, items to rate its acceptability, and questions about participants' preferred treatment option. The items measuring treatment acceptability were internally consistent (alpha > .80) and demonstrated validity, evidenced by a one-factor structure and differences in the scores between participants with preferences for particular interventions. The TAP measure has the potential for the assessment of acceptability and preferences for various behavioral interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-431
Number of pages13
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Acceptability
  • Behavioral treatments
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Clinical trial
  • Measurement
  • Preference
  • Reliability
  • Treatment attributes
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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