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Table 12_4_6-3b

2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 12_4_6.3b
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 11 prescription medicationsa in the calendar year that should be avoided for older patients, by ethnicity, United States, 2006
  TotalAll racesWhiteBlackHispanic, all races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 2.350.
80 and over1.890.441.910.451.870.49DSUDSUDSUDSU
Near poor/low2.510.522.560.532.640.61DSUDSUDSUDSU
EducationcLess than high school2.490.492.360.532.530.64DSUDSUDSUDSU
High school graduate2.120.482.200.502.170.54DSUDSUDSUDSU
At least some college2.550.492.320.412.520.45DSUDSUDSUDSU
Health insuranceMedicare only1.940.511.500.371.470.42DSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and private2.540.372.580.382.730.42DSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and other public2.850.75DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Residence locationdMetropolitan2.150.322.
  Large central metro1.610.391.620.44DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
  Large fringe metro3.050.643.040.643.440.72DSUDSUDSUDSU
  Medium metro2.700.802.160.572.220.61DSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish2.470.322.340.292.450.32DSUDSUDSUDSU
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good1.920.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities3.270.652.960.553.100.63DSUDSUDSUDSU
Neither basic nor complex activities1.880.301.980.322.150.36DSUDSUDSUDSU

a Prescription medications received includes all prescribed medications initially purchased or otherwise obtained during calendar year, as well as any refills.

b Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, 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 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 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: SE: standard error.

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


Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 12_4_6-3b: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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