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Table 2.22b: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1996

Use of inappropriate medications by personal characteristics, United States, 1996
           
  Sample distribution (n=2,455) (%) Used 1 of 33 inappropriate drugs Used 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoided
Population group   Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
           
Total 100.0 21.3 0.9 2.6 0.3
           
Age
65-69 29.0 20.4 1.8 2.4 0.7
70-74 28.0 21.9 1.8 3.4 0.7
75-79 21.0 19.6 2.1 1.8 0.8
80-84 13.0 23.4 2.6 2.5 1.0
85 and over 9.0 23.2 3.2 2.6 1.2
           
Sex
Male 41.0 19.4 1.5 1.6 0.6
Female 59.0 22.7 1.2 3.2 0.5
           
Race
Black 12.0 18.7 2.7 3.6 1.0
White 86.0 21.5 1.0 2.5 0.4
Other DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
           
Education
Elementary school 22.0 24.8 2.0 2.9 0.8
Some high school 18.0 21.7 2.2 2.6 0.9
High school degree 31.0 20.4 1.7 1.9 0.7
Some college 20.0 19.2 2.1 3.1 0.8
College degree 9.0 19.6 3.2 1.5 1.2
           
Self-rated health
Excellent 18.0 10.3 2.2 0.8 0.9
Very good 26.0 14.0 1.9 1.5 0.7
Good 29.0 22.3 1.8 2.8 0.7
Fair 19.0 34.5 2.2 4.8 0.8
Poor 8.0 38.4 3.4 4.5 1.3
           
Number of prescriptions a
Less than median b 43.0 15.9 1.4 2.0 0.6
Greater than median b 43.0 33.8 1.4 4.6 0.6
           
Medicare status
Medicare only 31.0 18.6 1.7 2.7 0.7
Medicare & Medicaid 11.0 26.8 2.9 6.2 1.1
Medicare & private 58.0 21.7 1.2 2.0 0.5
           
MSA status
Non-MSA 25.0 25.9 1.9 3.0 0.7
MSA 75.0 19.9 1.1 2.4 0.4
           
Census region
Northwest 22.0 18.9 2.0 2.3 0.8
Midwest 24.0 23.2 1.9 2.2 0.7
South 34.0 22.9 1.6 3.3 0.6
West 20.0 18.6 2.1 1.9 0.8
           

a Includes only persons with at least one prescription.

b Median equal to 14.

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

Table 2.22a: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1998 Table 2.23a: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 2000

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