Table 2—

Differences in medication concerns and perceptions of future medications by race/ethnicity among adults with type 2 diabetes in Chicago-area clinics, 2004–2006*

CaucasianAfrican AmericanLatinoP
n230279167
Statements reflecting medication concerns (proportion responding affirmatively)
    I worry about side effects from my medications.394966<0.0001
    I worry about becoming dependent on my medications.395265<0.0001
    I worry about the expense of my medications or glucose-monitoring supplies.525171<0.0001
    I have problems with my prescription drug plan.2424290.4962
    I sometimes have difficulty remembering to take my medications.3434390.5357
    I could use another person's help taking my medications.1519230.1570
    I find taking my pills unpleasant or painful.1217170.2819
    I find taking my insulin unpleasant or painful.57 (39)87 (40)32 (50)0.5466
    If my doctor asked me to change my medication regimen, it would disrupt my daily routine.1418270.0041
    If my doctor asked me to change my medication regimen, it would make me worry more about my health.224157<0.0001
    I worry about switching from name-brand to generic drugs.133526<0.0001
Willingness to take more medications or insulin (proportion responding “No”)
    If your doctor told you that you would benefit from taking more medications, would you be willing to take more?718120.0008
    If your doctor told you that you would benefit from taking insulin, would you be willing to take insulin?173 (17)191 (26)135 (22)0.0940
  • Data are % or n (%) unless otherwise indicated.

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    * All analyses performed using χ2tests. Original responses to questions regarding medication concerns were originally on a Likert scale (“agree strongly,” “agree slightly,” “neither agree nor disagree,” “disagree slightly,” and “disagree strongly”). Original responses to questions regarding willingness to take more medications were “Yes,” “No,” and “Don’t know.”