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Table 2.35
Percent of adults age 65 and over with inappropriate medication use, United States, 2002 and 2004
Population group 2004 2002
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
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   16.6 0.7 3.0 0.4 18.4 0.7 3.1 0.3
Race White, single race 16.8 0.8 3.2 0.4 19 0.7 3.1 0.4
Black, single race 16.6 2.2 DSU DSU 18 2.0 DSU DSU
AI/AN, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13.8 1.8 1.8 0.5 17.0 2.3 DSU DSU
Non-Hispanic, all races 16.8 0.8 3.1 0.4 18.5 0.7 3.1 0.3
Non-Hispanic, White 17.0 0.9 3.3 0.4 18.8 0.8 3.1 0.4
Non-Hispanic, Black 16.8 2.2 DSU DSU 18.3 2.0 DSU DSU
Non-Hispanic, other 13.8 1.8 1.8 0.5 11.9 3.1 DSU DSU
Gender Male 12.8 1.0 2.5 0.4 14.2 0.9 2.0 0.4
Female 19.6 0.9 3.4 0.5 21.5 1.0 3.9 0.5
Age 65-69 16.3 1.3 4.3 0.9 15.6 1.2 2.6 0.5
70-74 16.3 1.3 2.3 0.5 19.3 1.4 3.2 0.6
75-79 18.8 1.6 3.1 0.6 18.7 1.4 4.2 0.9
80-84 15.5 1.6 DSU DSU 21.4 2.2 DSU DSU
85 and over 15.8 2.0 DSU DSU 18.6 2.1 DSU DSU
Educationa Less than high school 18.5 1.3 2.9 0.7 20.4 1.3 3.8 0.6
High school graduate 16.2 1.2 2.9 0.6 18.7 1.2 3.0 0.6
At least some college 16.0 1.1 3.3 0.7 16.0 1.1 2.4 0.5
Insurance Medicare only 16.2 1.4 2.5 0.5 17.0 1.3 2.5 0.6
Medicare and private 16.8 0.9 3.2 0.5 17.9 0.8 3.0 0.4
Medicare and other public 18.1 1.9 3.5 0.9 26.1 2.1 5.2 1.0
Family incomeb Negative/poor 18.3 2.2 DSU DSU 21.7 1.9 3.6 0.8
Near poor/low 18.8 1.5 2.8 0.7 21.3 1.5 4.5 0.8
Middle 16.4 1.3 3.4 0.6 17.9 1.2 2.8 0.5
High 14.5 1.2 2.7 0.6 15.3 1.2 2.0 0.4
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 14.0 1.0 2.8 0.5 17.5 1.0 3.2 0.5
Metropolitan-small 18.3 1.4 3.3 0.7 18.5 1.4 2.7 0.6
Micropolitan 21.1 1.9 3.8 0.8 22.1 1.8 3.9 0.7
Noncore 17.5 2.5 DSU DSU 16.8 1.9 2.3 0.6
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 14.3 0.7 2.5 0.4 15.9 0.8 2.6 0.4
Fair/poor 23.8 1.5 4.5 0.9 25.8 1.5 4.3 0.6
Census region Northeast 12.7 1.3 DSU DSU 17.2 1.7 3.1 0.8
Midwest 16.6 1.5 2.5 0.7 19.9 1.4 2.7 0.6
South 19.8 1.3 3.2 0.5 19.8 1.1 3.1 0.5
West 15.0 1.5 3.3 0.9 15.3 1.3 3.4 0.8

a 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.

b 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.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

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

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.

 

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