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Table 2 Responses to individual statements in the C-LMQ-3 and 8 domains score (n = 430)

From: Exploring polypharmacy burden among elderly patients with chronic diseases in Chinese community: a cross-sectional study

Statements /domains Agree/
Strongly Agree
N (%)
Neutral opinion
N (%)
Disagree/
Strongly Disagree
N (%)
Practical difficulties (6 items; Mean (SD) = 17.2 (2.5))
 I find getting my prescriptions from the doctor difficult 113 (26.2) 134(31.2) 183(42.6)
 I am comfortable with the times I should take my medicines 262(60.9) 93(21.6) 75(17.5)
 I am concerned that I may forget to take my medicines 207(48.1) 132(30.7) 91(21.2)
 It is easy to keep my medicines routine 250(58.1) 123(28.6) 57(13.3)
 I find using my medicines difficult (e.g.: taking the medication from the package, keeping in mind the precautions for medication use, etc.). 216(50.2) 71(16.5) 143(33.3)
 I have to put a lot of planning and thought into taking my medicines 107(24.9) 163(37.9) 160(37.2)
lack of effectiveness (5 items; Mean (SD) = 13.3 (2.6))
 My medicines prevent my condition getting worse 219(50.9) 160(37.2) 51(11.9)
 My medicines live up to my expectations 208(48.4) 164(38.1) 58(13.5)
 My medicines allow me to live my life as I want to 205(47.7) 102(23.7) 123(18.6)
 My medicines are working 232(54.0) 114(26.5) 84(19.5)
 The side effects are worth it for the benefits I get from my medicines 181(42.1) 159(37.0) 90(20.9)
Cost-related burden (3 items; Mean (SD) = 9.4 (2.3))
 I worry about paying for my medicines 229(53.3) 91(21.1) 110(25.6)
 I sometimes have to choose between buying basic essentials or medicines 103(24.0) 143(33.3) 184(42.8)
 I have to pay more than I can afford for my medicines. 167(38.8) 161(37.4) 102(23.8)
Communication/relationships with HCPs (5 items; Mean (SD) = 13.6 (3.4))
 I trust the judgement of my doctor(s) in choosing medicines for me. 293(68.1) 49(11.4) 88(20.5)
 My doctor(s) listen to my opinions about my medicines 218(50.7) 99(23.0) 113(26.3)
 My doctor takes my concerns about side effects seriously. 164(38.1) 145(33.7) 121(28.1)
 I get enough information about my medicines from my doctor(s) 256(59.5) 90(21.0) 84(19.5)
 The health professionals providing my care know enough about me and my medicines 159(37.0) 160(37.2) 111(25.8)
Concerns about medicine use (7 items; Mean (SD) = 21.8 (4.1))
 I worry that I have to take several medicines at the same time 213(49.5) 73(17.0) 144(33.5)
 I would like more say in the brands of medicines I use 203(47.2) 70(16.3) 157(36.5)
 I feel I need more information about my medicines 204(47.4) 138(32.1) 88(20.5)
 I am concerned about possible damaging long-term effects of taking medicines 194(45.1) 50(11.6) 186(43.3)
 I am concerned that I am too reliant on my medicines 178(41.4) 129(30.0) 123(28.6)
 I am concerned that my medicines interact with eating habits (other food, alcohol, drinks, etc.). 101(23.5) 129(30.0) 200(46.5)
 I worry that my medicines may interact with each other 150(34.9) 171(39.8) 109(25.3)
Side-effect-burden (4 items; Mean (SD) = 11.9 (1.9))
 The side effects I get are sometimes worse than the problems for which I take my medicines 205(47.7) 152(35.3) 73(17.0)
 The side effects that I get from my medicines interfere with my day to day life 143(33.3) 149(34.7) 138(32.1)
 The side effects I get from my medicines are bothersome 147(34.2) 173(40.2) 110(25.6)
 The side effects I get from my medicines adversely affect my wellbeing 70(16.3) 106(24.6) 254(59.1)
Interference to day-to-day life (6 items; Mean (SD) = 17.4 (2.6))
 My medicines interfere with my social or leisure activities 109(25.3) 256(59.6) 65(15.1)
 Taking medicines affects my going out (walking, Cycling, driving, etc.) 81(18.8) 159(37.0) 190(44.2)
 My medicines interfere with my social relationships with (family, friends, colleagues) 64(14.9) 132(30.7) 234(54.4)
 Taking medicines causes problems with daily tasks 135(31.4) 218(50.7) 77(17.9)
 My medicines interfere with my sexual life 79(18.4) 135(31.4) 216(50.2)
 My life revolves around using medicines 170(39.5) 193(44.9) 67(15.6)
Autonomy/control (3 items; Mean (SD) = 8.5 (2.2))
 I can vary the dose of the medicines I take 231(53.7) 133(30.9) 66(15.4)
 I can choose whether or not to take my medicines 181(42.1) 100(23.3) 149(43.6)
 I can vary the times I take my medicines 154(35.8) 147(34.2) 129(30.0)