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Table 5 Frequency distribution for Morisky Medication Adherence Scale

From: A psychosocial perspective of medication side effects, experiences, coping approaches and implications for adherence in hypertension management

Question Yes No
1. Do you sometimes forget to take your hypertension medications? Freq. n (%) Freq. n (%)
282 (70.5) 118 (29.5)
2. Over the past 2 weeks, were there any days when you did not take your hypertension medicine? 328 (82.0) 72 (18.0)
3. Have you ever cut back or stopped taking your medication without telling your doctor because you felt worse when you took it? 341 (85.25) 59 (14.75)
4. When you travel or leave home, do you sometimes forget to bring along your medications? 327 (81.75) 73 (18.25)
5. Did you take your high blood pressure medicine yesterday? 335 (83.75) 65 (16.25)
6. When you feel like your blood pressure is under control, do you sometimes stop taking your medicine? 340 (85.0) 60 (15)
7. Do you ever feel hassled about sticking to your blood pressure treatment plan? 337 (84.25) 63 (15.75)
8. How often do you have difficulty remembering to take all your medications? Freq. Percentage
Never/Rarely 6 1.50
Once in a while 6 1.50
Sometimes 34 8.50
Usually 101 25.25
All the time 253 63.25
Level of adherence   
 Low 323 80.75
 Moderate 50 12.50
 High 27 6.75
Re-categorization of adherence level   
 Poor 373 93.25
 High 27 6.75
  1. Low and moderate adherence = poor adherence