Treatment-related empowerment: preliminary evaluation of a new measure in patients with advanced HIV disease.

Webb, D.G., Horne, R. and Pinching, A.J. (2001) Treatment-related empowerment: preliminary evaluation of a new measure in patients with advanced HIV disease. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 12 (2). pp. 103-107. 10.1258/0956462011916875.

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DOI: 10.1258/0956462011916875

Abstract

This paper presents a novel method for assessing patients' perceptions of empowerment in the context of drug therapy, the Treatment-related Empowerment Scale (TES). The 10-item TES was specifically constructed to address components of communication, treatment choice, decision-making and satisfaction. Evaluation of the scale in a cross-sectional anonymous survey of 43 patients with advanced HIV infection revealed acceptable internal reliability (Cronbach's alpha=0.85) and evidence of both criterion and discriminant validity. Patients who perceived a high degree of treatment-related empowerment were less likely to view doctors as overly reliant on prescribing medicines and reported lower rates of intentional noncompliance. The TES has scope as a concise measure of patients' degree of control over the selection and use of drug therapy, and may be of particular value for current combination therapy regimens.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:treatment-related empowerment • beliefs about medicines • compliance • HIV disease
Departments, units and centres:Department of Practice and Policy > Centre for Behavioural Medicine
ID Code:2211
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of STD & AIDS
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Deposited On:17 Jun 2011 14:39
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