Background: Medication-taking behavior is complex and involves patient, clinician, and health system factors. The present study was conducted to determine prevalence of nonadherence to diabetic medication. Materials & Methods: The present community based study was conducted on 128 patients of type II diabetes mellitus of both genders. Place of treatment, satisfaction, cost of treatment, type of treatment, satisfaction with treatment and perceived knowledge about diabetes, complications, and effects of missing doses were also recorded. Medication adherence was measured using Morisky Medication Adherence Scale. Results: Out of 128 patients, males were 88 and females were 40. There was high significant difference in non- adherence to diabetic medication (P< 0.05). Reason for poor adherence were poor knowledge about disease in 45, myths in 63, distance from medical facility in 19, cost of treatment in 35, lack of satisfaction in 30 and forget to take medication in 42. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Reason for poor adherence was poor knowledge about disease, myths, distance from medical facility, cost of treatment, lack of satisfaction and forget to take medication.
Key words: adherence, diabetes, knowledge.
Received: 15 March, 2019 Revised: 02 August 2019 Accepted: 05 August 2019
Corresponding author: Dr. Rajesh Jain, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, TS Misra Medical College Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
This article may be cited as: Jain R. To determine prevalence of nonadherence to diabetic medication - A community based study. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2019;7(8): 96-99.