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Table 2.37b: Inappropriate drug use among community-dwelling elderly, United States, 1996

  Used 1 of 33 inappropriate drugs Used 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoided
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 21.3 0.9 2.6 0.3
Age        
    65-69 20.4 1.8 2.4 0.7
    70-74 21.9 1.8 3.4 0.7
    75-79 19.6 2.1 1.8 0.8
    80-84 23.4 2.6 2.5 1.0
    85 and over 23.2 3.2 2.6 1.2
Gender        
    Male 19.4 1.5 1.6 0.6
    Female 22.7 1.2 3.2 0.5
Race        
    Black 18.7 2.7 3.6 1.0
    White 21.5 1.0 2.5 0.4
    Other DSU DSU DSU DSU
Education        
    Elementary school 24.8 2.0 2.9 0.8
    Some high school 21.7 2.2 2.6 0.9
    High school degree 20.4 1.7 1.9 0.7
    Some college 19.2 2.1 3.1 0.8
    College degree 19.6 3.2 1.5 1.2
Medicare status        
    Medicare only 18.6 1.7 2.7 0.7
    Medicare & Medicaid 26.8 2.9 6.2 1.1
    Medicare & private 21.7 1.2 2.0 0.5
MSA status        
    Non-MSA 25.9 1.9 3.0 0.7
    MSA 19.9 1.1 2.4 0.4
Census region        
    Northwest 18.9 2.0 2.3 0.8
    Midwest 23.2 1.9 2.2 0.7
    South 22.9 1.6 3.3 0.6
    West 18.6 2.1 1.9 0.8

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.

 

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