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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Percent of community-dwelling elderly who had at least 1 prescription (from a list of 11 medications and from a list of 33 medications) that is potentially inappropriate for the elderly

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.


2.38 Inappropriate drug use among community-dwelling elderly, United States, 1996 and 2002.

Data Source

AHRQ, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).


U.S. population: age 65 and over.


Persons age 65 and over who had 1 or more of the 11 or 33 potentially inappropriate medications.


For additional information concerning potentially inappropriate medications, see Zhan C, Sangl J, Bierman AS, Miller MR, Friedman B, Wickzier SW, Meyer GS. Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in the Community-Dwelling Elderly: Findings from 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Journal of American Medical Association, 286(22), 2823-2829, 2001.

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Percent of persons who report that their usual source of care (USC) asks about prescription medications and treatments from other providers. Birth trauma—injury to neonate.



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