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Self-reported medication adherence measurement tools: Some options to avoid a legal minefield

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-21, 01:56 authored by Tesfaye, WH, Gregory PetersonGregory Peterson

What is known and objective: Self-report questionnaires are used to measure medication adherence, often times both clinically and for research purposes. Despite the presence of several published tools, some may have prohibitive licensure and fee requirements, which researchers should be aware of prior to using them. This paper presents a summary of selected self-report measures, which have been developed and validated in various health conditions and can be used free of cost.

Comment: Our review identified self-report tools that are valid to measure medication adherence in different chronic health conditions. Most of these tools measure both intentional and unintentional non-adherence and have shown good correlation with relevant clinical outcomes.

What is new and conclusion: Given the potential copyright risks associated with using some of the self-report measures of adherence, an improved awareness and understanding of the available self-report questionnaires will better facilitate the decision by researchers to select appropriate tools relevant to their studies.


Publication title

Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Article number

online ahead of print


online ahead of print






School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology


Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Place of publication

9600 Garsington Rd, Oxford, England, Oxon, Ox4 2Dg

Rights statement

Copyright 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Efficacy of medications; Treatment of human diseases and conditions

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