Adherence and Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS)

Authors : Lana Lekic; Azra Osmanović; Bojan Pavlović; Karahmet Emina

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 11 - November

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The aim of the paper is to analyze the influence of factors on the adherence level, primarily analyzing the factors influenced by the patients. In addition, the paper contains an analysis of the impact of drugs on the mental and physical condition of patients, as well as an analysis of patients’ perception of treatment process. Methods: Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS) questionnaire was used as a tool in the research. It was distributed online and included 194 respondents. The questionnaire consisted of two sections: general data on respondents and questions related to medication adherence rating scale. Results: The research results suggest there is a significant percentage of non-adherent patients, where a considerable number of them stops consuming drugs on their own initiative. There is equally a great number of respondents who forget to consume their medication. The research results imply the drugs do not produce major impact on the mental, psychological and physical condition of the patient. A considerable number of the respondents encounter prejudices about the drug consumption and use. Conclusion: More active involvement of healthcare professionals in the process of providing health care is necessary to improve the adherence level. By increasing the education level of doctors and patients, it is possible to increase the level of patient’s adherence.

Keywords : Adherence, MARS, Dimensions of Adherence, Non-Adherence


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