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Table 2 Distribution of responses (N = 344)

From: Adaptation and validation of a German version of the Multimorbidity Treatment Burden Questionnaire

Items n Not difficult (in %) A little difficult (in %) Quite difficult (in %) Very difficult (in %) Extremely difficult (in %) Does not apply (in %)
1. Taking lots of medications 342 65.2 10.2 5.8 2.6 2.3 13.7
2. Remembering how and when to take medication 344 84.3 8.7 0.9 0.0 0.9 5.2
3. Paying for prescriptions, over the counter medication or equipment 342 68.1 14.3 5.0 1.8 0.9 9.9
4. Collecting prescription medication 344 78.8 4.4 1.2 0.6 2.3 12.8
5. Monitoring your medical conditions (eg, checking your blood pressure or blood sugar, monitoring your symptoms, etc.) 344 84.0 4.1 1.7 0.6 0.3 9.3
6. Arranging appointments with health professionals 344 82.0 7.3 2.9 1.5 1.5 4.9
7. Seeing lots of different health professionals 343 69.1 12.2 6.1 4.4 1.7 6.4
8. Attending appointments with health professionals (eg, getting time off work, arranging transport, etc.) 344 76.2 4.1 2.9 2.9 1.5 12.5
9. Getting health care in the evenings and at weekends 344 36.6 4.7 2.6 1.7 1.2 53.2
11. Obtaining clear and up-to-date information about your condition 341 84.5 5.6 2.9 1.2 0.6 5.3
12. Making recommended lifestyle changes (eg, diet and exercise) 343 52.8 26.5 8.7 4.4 0.6 7.0
13. Having to rely on help from family and friends 342 36.8 16.7 8.8 6.4 2.0 29.2
  1. Item 9 was excluded from the analysis, as it was not applicable for most participants. This item may be relevant to different populations and is therefore retained as an optional question for use in other appropriate settings. (Optional) item 10 of the English version was excluded from the German MTBQ due to lack of transferability to the German health care system