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Table 3 Collated results from sections 2–5 of the MYMEDS questionnaire

From: The my experience of taking medicines (MYMEDS) questionnaire for assessing medicines adherence barriers in post-myocardial infarction patients: development and utility

StatementResponse, n (%)
Strongly agreeAgreeDisagreeStrongly disagree
Section 2: Understanding and satisfaction with medicines
 a. I fully understand my heart medicines and why they were prescribed (N = 196)47 (24.0)95 (48.5)44 (22.4)10 (5.1)
 b. My heart medicines seem to be working for me (N = 183)49 (26.8)116 (63.4)15 (8.2)3 (1.6)
 c. I feel convinced of the importance of all my heart medicines (N = 194)79 (40.7)102 (52.6)12 (6.2)1 (0.5)
 d. At least occasionally, I need to alter my medicines on my own to make them work or meet my expectations (N = 180)9 (5.0)17 (9.4)64 (35.6)90 (50.0)
Section 3: Concerns about medicines
 a. I worry that one or more of my medicines will do me more harm than good (N = 187)13 (7.0)49 (26.2)87 (46.5)38 (20.3)
 b. I feel concerned about being prescribed too many medicines (N = 190)15 (7.9)67 (35.3)74 (38.9)34 (17.9)
 c. I sometimes alter my medicines by cutting back or stopping taking them (N = 186)6 (3.2)9 (4.8)89 (47.8)82 (44.1)
Section 4: Practical issues that may be a barrier to adherence
 a. I have difficulties or problems opening the medicine bottles or blister packs and would like a solution or an alternative (N = 191)2 (1.0)12 (6.3)87 (45.5)90 (47.1)
 b. I have difficulties or problems swallowing my medicine(s) and would like a solution or an alternative (N = 194)4 (2.1)12 (6.2)88 (45.4)90 (46.4)
 c. I have difficulties or problems getting my repeat prescriptions and would like help ordering them from my GP or pharmacy (N = 192)3 (1.6)7 (3.6)96 (50.0)86 (44.8)
 d. I have difficulties or problems reading the label on the medicines bottle or box and would like a solution or alternative (N = 191)2 (1.0)5 (2.6)100 (52.4)84 (44.0)
Section 5: Fitting medicines into daily routine
 a. I sometimes forget to take my heart medicines (N = 193)4 (2.1)34 (17.6)78 (40.4)77 (39.9)
 b. I am finding it difficult to fit one or more of my heart medicines into my daily routine (N = 194)5 (2.6)17 (8.8)89 (45.9)83 (42.8)
 c. I feel inconvenienced/bothered about sticking to all my heart medicines (N = 193)5 (2.6)21 (10.9)90 (46.6)77 (39.9)
  1. MYMEDS My Experience of Taking Medicines