SIRUM Survey

About the Survey

SIRUM serves safety-net clients. With more information about the demographics and attitudes of clients, SIRUM can advocate at a systems level for greater efficiency in the deliver of surplus medicine. Through baseline data collection from recent and potential clients, SIRUM can learn more about financial, social, and community obstacles to accessing medicine.

The goal of this survey is to help SIRUM better understand patient access to prescription medications and level of patient awareness of programs available for free prescription medications.

Research Highlights

taking less medicine text survey results
taking less medicine by race text survey results
spending less money text survey results
skipped prescriptions text survey results
skipped prescriptions by location text survey results
pharmacy knowledge text survey results
pharmacy knowledge by gender text survey results
better health pharmacy information text survey results
filling prescriptions text survey results
prescriptions number text survey results

Key Insights

About 1/3 of all participants skipped filling a prescription or took less medicine than they should in part because of financial reasons. The issue was reported especially by participants from San Jose.​

Over 4/5 of all participants don’t know about a pharmacy that offers free prescription drugs. However, 90% of participants who know about such a pharmacy would recommend it. Slightly higher number of San Jose participants are aware of such pharmacy and more of them would recommend it.

​75% of participants would like to go to a pharmacy that offers free prescription drugs. 67% of participants want to get more information about Better Health Pharmacy. Hispanic participants are the most interested in getting information about and using such pharmacies.​

78% of San Jose participants don’t know about a pharmacy that offers free prescription drugs. However, 94% of participants who know about such a pharmacy would recommend it.​

94% of San Francisco Bay Area participants agreed to participate in future surveys. 96% of San Jose participants agreed to participate in future surveys.