Qualitative methods to ensure acceptability of behavioral and social interventions to the target population

J Public Health Dent. 2011 Winter;71 Suppl 1(0 1):S69-79. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2011.00241.x.


Objectives: This paper introduces qualitative methods for assessing the acceptability of an intervention.

Methods: Acceptability refers to determining how well an intervention will be received by the target population and the extent to which the new intervention or its might meet the needs of the target population an d organizational setting. In this paper, we focus on two common qualitative methods for conducting acceptability research and their advantages and disadvantages: focus groups and interviews.

Results: We provide examples from our own research and other studies to demonstrate the use of these methods for conducting acceptability research and how one might adapt this approach for oral health research.

Discussion: We present emerging methods for conducting acceptability research, including the use of community-based participatory research, as well as the utility of conducting acceptability research for assessing the appropriateness of measures in intervention research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Behavioral Research / methods*
  • Community Dentistry
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Oral Health
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Research Design