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Table 2.38
Inappropriate drug use among community-dwelling elderly, United States, 1996 and 2002
    2002 1996
    Used 1 of 33 inappropriate drugs Used 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoided Used 1 of 33 inappropriate drugs Used 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoided
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   18.4 0.7 3.1 0.3 21.3 0.9 2.6 0.3
Age 65-69 15.6 1.2 2.6 0.5 20.4 1.8 2.4 0.7
70-74 19.3 1.4 3.2 0.6 21.9 1.8 3.4 0.7
75-79 18.7 1.4 4.2 0.9 19.6 2.1 1.8 0.8
80-84 21.4 2.2 2.4 0.8 23.4 2.6 2.5 1.0
85 and over 18.6 2.1 2.8 1.0 23.2 3.2 2.6 1.2
Gender Male 14.2 0.9 2.0 0.4 19.4 1.5 1.6 0.6
Female 21.5 1.0 3.9 0.5 22.7 1.2 3.2 0.5
Race White 18.7 0.7 3.1 0.4 18.7 2.7 3.6 1.0
Black 18.1 2.0 3.1 1.0 21.5 1.0 2.5 0.4
Other 11.6 2.9 2.5 1.2 DSU DSU DSU DSU
Medicare status Medicare only 16.7 1.3 2.5 0.6 18.6 1.7 2.7 0.7
Medicare & Medicaid 26.1 2.1 5.2 1.0 26.8 2.9 6.2 1.1
Medicare & private 17.8 0.8 3.0 0.4 21.7 1.2 2.0 0.5
Educationa Less than high school 20.4 1.3 3.8 0.6 DNA DNA DNA DNA
High school graduate 18.7 1.1 3.1 0.6 20.4 1.7 1.9 0.7
At least some college 16.0 1.1 2.4 0.5 DNA DNA DNA DNA
Residence MSA 17.9 0.8 3.0 0.4 25.9 1.9 3.0 0.7
Non-MSA 20.1 1.3 3.4 0.6 19.9 1.1 2.4 0.4
Census region Northwest 17.2 1.7 3.1 0.8 18.9 2.0 2.3 0.8
Midwest 19.9 1.4 2.7 0.6 23.2 1.9 2.2 0.7
South 19.8 1.1 3.1 0.5 22.9 1.6 3.3 0.6
West 15.3 1.3 3.4 0.8 18.6 2.1 1.9 0.8

DNA - Data were not analyzed or included because they were coded differently from 2002 data.

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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