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Table 12_4_6-2d

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_6.2d
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by education,b United States, 2006
  TotalLess than high schoolHigh school graduateAt least some college
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 15.80.717.
80 and over17.21.416.
RaceWhite, single race15.80.717.61.415.
Black, single race17.91.618.62.518.43.315.74.1
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races15.90.718.11.415.
Non-Hispanic, White15.90.818.31.715.61.314.91.1
Non-Hispanic, Black17.91.718.62.518.43.315.94.2
Family incomecNegative/poor17.11.617.
Near poor/low16.21.316.51.817.
Health insuranceMedicare only16.51.315.
Medicare and private15.50.920.
Medicare and other public17.61.817.
Residence locationdMetropolitan15.10.817.01.415.01.313.91.1
  Large central metro13.71.310.61.715.51.914.32.4
  Large fringe metro15.41.523.63.614.62.712.11.9
  Medium metro17.01.320.
  Small metro13.02.814.63.814.93.8DSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish16.30.719.01.415.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good13.50.714.31.313.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities22.21.321.61.923.72.321.02.6
Complex activities25.52.322.
Neither basic nor complex activities11.60.813.41.610.

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

b 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.

c 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.

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_6-2d: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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