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

Percent of persons with a usual source of care (USC) who reported that their USC usually asked about prescription medications and treatments from other doctors, United States, 2000
         
Population group Population total Number with USC Percent askedc Standard error
         
Total 278,405,516 226,845,208 81.74 0.86
         
Race
White 229,147,650 189,050,906 81.03 0.91
Black 36,898,346 28,517,877 85.25 1.57
Asian/Pacific Islander 9,812,483 7,249,771 87.00 3.07
Aleut/Eskimo/American Indian 2,547,037 2,026,654 79.76 4.33
         
Hispanic ethnicity
Hispanic 33,955,205 23,802,090 85.92 1.07
Non-Hispanic 244,450,311 203,043,118 81.25 0.94
         
Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic, White 198,179,906 167,313,442 80.36 1.01
Non-Hispanic, Black 35,049,120 27,288,961 85.21 1.58
Non-Hispanic, Other 11,221,284 8,440,715 85.70 2.91
         
Gender
Male 135,881,861 105,679,641 81.86 1.02
Female 142,523,655 121,165,566 81.63 0.79
         
Age
0-17 72,507,929 65,657,931 80.23 1.18
18-44 109,044,232 76,639,335 83.40 0.83
45-64 62,071,575 53,074,847 82.15 1.04
65 and over 34,781,780 31,473,094 80.20 1.37
         
Educationa
Less than high school (<12 years ) 43,814,480 32,867,052 83.02 1.15
High school graduate (=12 years) 66,984,661 52,026,199 81.05 1.24
At least some college (>12 years) 93,516,202 75,320,202 82.84 0.81
         
Employment statusb
Employed 136,701,874 103,612,262 82.62 0.88
Not employed 33,499,136 25,766,714 83.89 1.02
         
Insurance
Age 18-64        
  Any private 180,939,272 152,419,836 81.49 0.98
  Public only 29,987,067 25,372,801 82.56 1.56
  Uninsured 32,697,397 17,579,477 85.47 1.33
Age 65 and over        
  Medicare only 11,153,344 9,811,040 82.82 1.66
  Medicare and private 19,465,538 18,010,016 78.20 2.03
  Medicare and other public 3,744,138 3,350,925 82.30 2.51
  No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU
         
Family income
Negative or poor(<100% of poverty level) 35,399,030 28,258,027 82.64 1.77
Near poor/low income(100-<200% of poverty level) 51,350,194 39,148,548 82.00 1.52
Middle income(200-<400% of poverty level) 88,611,908 71,814,151 82.11 1.10
High income(>=400% of poverty level) 103,044,384 87,624,481 81.03 1.05
         
MSA status
MSA 224,341,568 182,385,962 81.50 0.89
Non-MSA 51,615,650 44,432,031 82.71 2.11
         
Perceived health status
Excellent/very good/good 249,277,476 202,675,586 81.73 0.89
Fair/poor 28,419,405 24,169,621 81.81 1.24
         

a  Persons 18+ with unknown education status not included.

b  Employment status for persons 18-64 only.

c  For all values, RSE < 30.

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 2.22b: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1996 Table 2.23b: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1996

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