Skip Navigation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Agency for Healthcare Research Quality www.ahrq.gov
Archive print banner
2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to www.ahrq.gov for current information.

Table 2.36
Inappropriate drug use among community-dwelling elderly, United States, 2000 and 2003
    2003 2000
    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 18.7 0.8 3.1 0.37 19.1 0.9 3.3 0.4
Racea White only 18.6 0.9 3.3 0.4 -- -- -- --
Black only 17.4 2.0 1.7 0.6 -- -- -- --
AI/AN only DSU DSU DSU DSU -- -- -- --
Asian only DSU DSU DSU DSU -- -- -- --
NHOPI only DSU DSU DSU DSU -- -- -- --
Multiple races DSU DSU DSU DSU -- -- -- --
Ethnicityb Hispanic, all races 13.2 1.7 2.8 0.7 19.3 2.6 4.1 1.2
Non-Hispanic, all races 18.7 0.8 3.1 0.4 19.1 0.9 3.3 0.4
Non-Hispanic, White 18.9 0.9 3.4 0.4 19.3 1.0 3.6 0.4
Non-Hispanic, Black 17.6 2.0 1.7 0.6 18.7 2.3 1.4 0.7
Non-Hispanic, other 16.1 3.4 1.7 1.3 13.6 8.5 DSU DSU
Gender Male 13.3 0.9 1.7 0.4 16.4 1.4 2.8 0.6
Female 22.2 1.1 4.2 0.5 21.2 0.9 3.8 0.5
Age 65-69 18.4 1.6 4.3 0.9 17.5 1.9 3.2 0.8
70-74 19.0 1.5 2.7 0.6 21.6 1.6 3.9 0.8
75-79 17.2 1.6 2.8 0.7 17.4 1.8 3.2 1.0
80-84 18.5 2.2 3.1 0.9 19.2 2.3 3.4 0.9
85 and over 18.6 2.3 2.0 0.8 21.0 2.9 2.6 1.2
Educationc Less than high school 19.2 1.2 3.0 0.5 22.2 1.8 3.5 0.7
High school graduate 19.5 1.5 3.3 0.6 17.3 1.5 2.9 0.6
At least some college 16.7 1.3 3.0 0.6 18.1 1.5 3.8 0.8
Insurance Medicare only 16.8 1.2 1.5 0.4 17.8 1.5 4.0 0.7
Medicare and private 19.0 1.2 3.9 0.5 18.1 1.1 2.8 0.5
Medicare and other public 19.7 1.9 3.0 0.9 28.5 3.0 4.2 0.9
Family incomed Negative/poor 18.4 1.7 3.7 0.9 21.5 1.9 1.9 0.6
Near poor/low 18.3 1.2 2.0 0.5 20.9 1.7 4.3 0.9
Middle 19.6 1.3 3.7 0.8 18.9 1.6 3.3 0.7
High 17.1 1.4 3.4 0.7 16.8 1.4 3.0 0.8
Residence locatione Metropolitan-large 16.7 1.1 2.4 0.5 15.2 1.2 2.6 0.5
Metropolitan-small 19.3 1.5 4.0 0.8 23.5 1.7 5.2 0.6
Micropolitan 21.3 2.5 3.8 1.1 19.7 2.4 2.4 0.7
Noncore 19.3 2.6 2.5 1.0 24.8 2.2 2.4 1.0
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 16.1 0.9 3.1 0.4 15.8 1.0 2.5 0.3
Fair/poor 26.9 1.7 3.3 0.7 30.2 1.9 6.2 1.1

a Prior to 2002, racial categories were not directly comparable to those used for 2002 or later years' data; thus, race data for 2000 are not shown.

b Beginning in 2002, individuals could report multiple races. For 2002 and later years, Non-Hispanic categories exclude multiple-race individuals and are not directly comparable to data from previous years.

c Less than high school refers to fewer than 12 years of education; high school graduatE, 12 years of education; and at least some college, more than 12 years of education.

d Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

e See the MEPS entry in the Data Sources section of the Measures Specifications Appendix for more information.

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

-- Data not shown. See footnote a.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

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

Return to Contents

 

The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.

 

AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care