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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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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

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).


2.39 Percent of persons with a usual source of care (USC) who reported that their USC usually asked about prescription medications and treatments from other doctors, United States, 2000 and 2002.

Data Source



Persons who had a USC and answered the question "Does (respondent's usual care provider) usually ask about prescription medications and treatments other doctors may give you?" Nonresponses, as well as "Don't Know" responses, were excluded.


Subset of the denominator population who answered "Yes" to the question.


Usual source of care is defined as a particular doctor's office, clinic, health center, or other health care facility to which an individual usually would go to obtain health care services.

This table reports data from the MEPS Access to Care section. See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information.

Percent of persons who report that they have a usual source of medical care, by place of care. 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.


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