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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Figure 3. Inappropriate drug prescription for community-dwelling elderly Americans

Figure 3. Inappropriate drug prescription for community-dwelling elderly Americans. Text Description is shown below.

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Graph showing the percent of the elderly who received inappropriate drug prescriptions for for community-dwelling elderly Americans in the years 1996 and 1998. Three values were calculated for each year — precise values follow.
Eleven drugs that should always be avoided: 1996, 2.6%; 1998, 3.3%.
Eight drugs that are rarely appropriate: 1996, 9.1%; 1998, 8.7%.
Fourteen drugs that have some indications but are often misused: 1996, 13.3%; 1998, 11.8%.

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