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Table 12_4_6-1

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_6.1
Adults age 65 and over who received potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, United States, 2002 and 2006
  Received 1 of 33 inappropriate drugsReceived 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoidedReceived 1 of 33 inappropriate drugsReceived 1 of 11 drugs that should be avoided
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
85 and over16.12.0DSUDSU18.62.1DSUDSU
RaceWhite, single race15.
Black, single race17.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races15.
Non-Hispanic, White15.
Non-Hispanic, Black18.
Family incomebNegative/poor16.91.6DSUDSU21.
Near poor/low16.
EducationcLess than high school17.
High school graduate15.
At least some college14.
Health insuranceMedicare only16.
Medicare and private15.
Medicare and other public17.
Residence locationdMetropolitan14.
  Large central metro13.
  Large fringe metro15.
  Medium metro16.
  Small metro12.82.8DSUDSU18.92.6DSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish16.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good13.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities22.
Complex activities25.12.3DSUDSU32.
Neither basic nor complex activities11.

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: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 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_6-1: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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