Starczewska M., Budna B., Rybicka A., StanisÅ?awska M., Grochans E
The aim of this study was to assess the adherence to medication
regimens among patients with type 2 diabetes with regard to
sociodemographic and medical data.
The research instruments were a self-developed questionnaire
and the Adherence to Refills and Medications Scale. The study
involved 200 type 2 diabetic patients in the 41–92 age bracket.
Most of the respondents of the study (64%) were married.
72.5% of the surveyed were retired, and only 2.5% were unemployed.
66.5% lived in cities. The most numerous (42.5%)
were respondents with vocational education, and the least numerous
(8.5%) those with tertiary education. The average duration
of the disease was 8 ± 6.72 years and fluctuated between
1 and 40 years; typically the disease lasted from 3 to 10 years.
The scores on the ARMS ranged from 12 to 43 points, which
means that some patients followed all doctors instructions scrupulously.
The best possible minimum score was achieved by 13
respondents. No one obtained the maximum score suggesting
absolute non-adherence to therapeutic regimens. The main
score on the ARMS was 17.09 ± 4.67.
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