Morisky Scale: Risk of Medication Non-Adherence

Validated scale designed to estimate the risk of medication non-adherence: Morisky Scale

The Morisky scale is a validated medication non-adherence assessment Tool Morisky Scale (Mercy Clinics, Inc.) This validated scale is designed to estimate the risk of medication non-adherence. It has been cited in over 70 articles since its publication(*) in 1986. The total Morisky score is based on patient responses to Eight or Four simple, Yes or No Questions.

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It’s used for many different diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, and HIV.

  • Patients scoring low would benefit most from pharmacist intervention and may benefit from the use of a medication reminder such as a pill box / pill organizer or an electronic medicine reminder, pill timer or automatic pill dispenser from e-pill Medication Reminders ( .
  • Goal: Screen for those in which pharmacist time should be spent on enhancing medication adherence.

    Learn more: e-pill Medication Reminders and Medication Adherence

    (*) SOURCE: Morisky DE, Green LW, Levine DW. Concurrent and predictive validity of a self-reported measure of medication adherence. Medical Care 1986;24:67-74.
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