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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.41
Percent of patients with adverse drug events: hypoglycemic agents including insulin, oral hypoglycemic, or combination of both, United States, 2004a
    2004
Population group Exposed Adverse events Percent Standard error
Total 7,065 758 10.7 0.4
Age Under 65 1,313 164 12.5 0.9
65-74 2,399 243 10.1 0.6
75-84 2,486 265 10.7 0.6
85 and over 867 86 9.9 1.0
Gender Female 3,843 405 10.5 0.5
Male 3,222 353 11.0 0.6
Race Black 955 147 15.4 1.2
Other 469 41 8.7 1.3
White 5,641 570 10.1 0.4
Diabetes No 910 38 4.2 0.7
Yes 6,155 720 11.7 0.4
Obesity No 5,717 616 10.8 0.4
Yes 1,348 142 10.5 0.8
Cerebrovascular disease No 5,093 525 10.3 0.4
Yes 1,972 233 11.8 0.7
CHF/pulmonary edema No 4,232 378 8.9 0.4
Yes 2,833 380 13.4 0.6
COPD No 4,715 508 10.8 0.5
Yes 2,350 250 10.6 0.6
Smoking No 6,028 634 10.5 0.4
Yes 1,037 124 12.0 1.0
Cancer No 5,437 590 10.9 0.4
Yes 1,628 168 10.3 0.8
Corticosteroids No 6,403 676 10.6 0.4
Yes 662 82 12.4 1.3
Coronary artery disease No 3,157 310 9.8 0.5
Yes 3,908 448 11.5 0.5
Renal disease No 4,662 375 8.0 0.4
Yes 2,403 383 15.9 0.7

a Data include Medicare beneficiaries discharged from January to December. Readmissions are supposed to be counted in the numerators according to the measure specifications, but were not counted because the data were not available at this time.

Key: CHF: congestive heart failure; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System.

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