Evaluation of Diabetic-Medications Adherence among Diabetic Type 2 Patients
Keywords:DM, medication adherence, Moriskey-8 scale
Background : Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a worldwide health illness with deleterious consequences both
medically and economically. When treated inappropriately, it can cause severe acute and chronic sequels.
The purpose of this study was to assess the adherence to diabetic medications type 2 diabetic patients.
Method : The study was cross-sectional performed to assess the adherence of diabetic type 2 patients
to diabetic medications. The study population was randomly enrolled from rural and urban regions. The
participants of the present study were known cases of diabetic patients attending community pharmacies
of the regions in which the study was conducted. After an explanation of the goal of the study, the patients
were invited to be enrolled in the study. After obtaining of the written consent, the Arabic version of Morisky
medication adherence scale was administered to patients to be reported by them but the exception for illiterate
diabetic patients who interviewed by community pharmacists who were trained on the questionnaire.
Results: The total number of participants was 200 patients with a mean age of (50.65±8.91) and approximately
half of participants (49.8%) have an age of greater than 50 years. More than 100 participants have primary
and secondary education and about (43%) has higher education. The female participants were less than the
third of the total number (29%) of the sample and the remaining was male. the majority of patients (75.5%)
have poor adherence to medications while (21.5%) of participants have medium adherence to diabetic
management and only (3%) have high adherence to medications.
Conclusion: In the present study, The adherence to diabetes medication was poor in 75.5% of participants
and the most common reason for non-adherence as reported by patients was forgetfulness.
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