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Table 1 Responses to medication adherence questions from 12,159 incident atrial fibrillation patients

From: Risk factors for medication non-adherence among atrial fibrillation patients

  n (%)
Question
1. In the past month, how often did you take your medications as the doctor prescribed?
 All of the time (100%) 10,120 (83.2)
 Nearly all of the time (90%) 1726 (14.2)
 Most of the time (75%) 202 (1.7)
 About half the time (50%) 37 (0.3)
 Less than half the time (<50%) 74 (0.6)
2. In the past month, how often did you forget to take one or more prescribed medications?
 Never 7147 (58.8)
 Once 3061 (25.2)
 2–3 times 1551 (12.8)
 Once per week 281 (2.3)
 Several times per week 73 (0.6)
 Nearly every day 46 (0.4)
3. In the past month, how often did you decide to skip one or more prescribed medications?
 Never 10,599 (87.2)
 Once 734 (6.0)
 2–3 times 505 (4.2)
 Once per week 117 (1.0)
 Several times per week 96 (0.8)
 Nearly every day 108 (0.9)
Medication Adherence
 Adherent 11,388 (93.7)
 Not Adherenta 771 (6.3)
  1. aNot adherent defined as (a) an answer to question 1 as “most of the time (75%)” or less or (b) an answer to question 2 as “once per week” or more or (c) an answer to question 3 as “once per week” or more