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Table 2.22a: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1998

Inappropriate drug use among community-dwelling elderly, United States, 1998
           
    Used 1 of 33 inappropriate drugs Used 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoided
Population group Sample size Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
           
Total 2,639 20.32 0.92 3.27 0.41
           
Age
65-69 755 20.33 1.92 3.70 0.74
70-74 697 17.82 1.71 2.96 0.59
75-79 514 23.10 2.31 3.32 1.02
80-84 376 22.19 2.42 4.20 1.20
85 and over 297 17.66 2.86 1.50 0.80
           
Race/ethnicity
White 2,198 20.57 1.00 3.18 0.44
Black 375 19.20 2.36 5.01 1.31
Asian/Pacific Islander DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
American Indian/Alaska Native DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
           
Gender
Male 1,072 16.66 1.64 2.61 0.73
Female 1,567 22.84 1.26 3.75 0.55
           
Insurance
Any private insurance 1,434 19.53 1.25 2.95 0.50
Public insurance only 1,192 21.45 1.44 3.75 0.68
Uninsured DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
           
Education
Less than high school 1,051 21.78 1.70 3.62 0.77
High school graduate 845 19.71 1.36 3.27 0.62
Some college/more 743 19.06 1.65 2.87 0.83
           
Residence
MSA 1,893 18.72 1.03 3.03 0.43
Non-MSA 746 25.12 2.02 4.03 1.04
           

Excluded records with invalid DSA1C53 values.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Table 2.21: National Patient Safety - Complications of Care, 2000 Table 2.22b: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1996

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