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A medication adherence risk assessment tool (RAT) compared with medication adherence report scale (MARS)

Alhomoud, Farah and Millar, Ian and Johnson, Julienne and Hudson, Stephen (2011) A medication adherence risk assessment tool (RAT) compared with medication adherence report scale (MARS). International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 33 (2). pp. 362-363.

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Abstract

In the UK, 36% of patients aged C65 years take more than three medicines. As age advances physical and cognitive skills deficits place patients at risk of treatment failure due to non-adherence to prescribed medications. ‘Compliance aids’ are often used to help patients self administer medication; in spite of lack of good evidence to support their use. Compliance aids are often used without appropriate patient assessment or clear identification of the specific deficits. Most medication adherence assessment tools rely on patients self reporting their perceived compliance behaviour. We report from an ongoing study to develop compliance risk assessment tools. This study was conducted in sheltered housing organisations with a high functioning patient group some of whom were using ‘compliance aids’ supplied by their pharmacists.