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The development of the ProMAS: a Probabilistic Medication Adherence Scale

Authors Kleppe M, Lacroix J, Ham J, Midden C

Received 31 October 2014

Accepted for publication 23 December 2014

Published 2 March 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 355—367

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S76749

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Mieke Kleppe,1,2 Joyca Lacroix,2 Jaap Ham,1 Cees Midden1

1Human Technology Interaction, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; 2Behavior, Cognition and Perception, Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Abstract: Current self-report medication adherence measures often provide heavily skewed results with limited variance, suggesting that most participants are highly adherent. This contrasts with findings from objective adherence measures. We argue that one of the main limitations of these self-report measures is the limited range covered by the behaviors assessed. That is, the items do not match the adherence behaviors that people perform, resulting in a ceiling effect. In this paper, we present a new self-reported medication adherence scale based on the Rasch model approach (the ProMAS), which covers a wide range of adherence behaviors. The ProMAS was tested with 370 elderly receiving medication for chronic conditions. The results indicated that the ProMAS provided adherence scores with sufficient fit to the Rasch model. Furthermore, the ProMAS covered a wider range of adherence behaviors compared to the widely used Medication Adherence Report Scale (MARS) instrument, resulting in more variance and less skewness in adherence scores. We conclude that the ProMAS is more capable of discriminating between people with different adherence rates than the MARS.

Keywords: questionnaire design, probabilistic models, methodology

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