Table 10_3_1-1

2008 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 10_3_1.1
Adults age 65 and over who received potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, United States, 2002 and 2005
Population group20052002
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
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total17.70.72.70.318.40.73.10.3
Age65–6918.41.33.60.815.61.22.60.5
70–7418.11.53.20.719.31.43.20.6
75–7919.61.9**18.61.44.10.9
80–8416.11.6**21.42.2**
85 and over13.61.8**18.62.1**
GenderMale14.31.11.90.414.20.92.00.4
Female20.21.03.20.521.41.03.90.5
RaceWhite, single race17.30.82.60.318.70.73.10.4
Black, single race18.61.8**18.12.0**
Asian, single race20.35.0******
NHOPI, single race********
AI/AN, single race********
Multiple races********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races17.90.82.80.318.40.73.10.3
Non-Hispanic, White17.60.82.80.418.80.83.10.4
Non-Hispanic, Black18.91.8**18.32.0**
Hispanic13.51.7**17.02.3**
Family incomebNegative/poor19.32.03.51.021.71.93.60.8
Near poor/low19.61.42.90.721.31.54.40.8
Middle16.71.42.20.517.91.22.80.5
High16.41.22.60.515.31.22.00.4
EducationcLess than high school19.11.31.90.520.41.33.80.6
High school graduate18.31.22.90.618.71.23.00.6
At least some college16.31.23.10.616.01.12.40.5
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.42.40.516.91.32.50.6
Medicare and private17.30.92.50.417.90.83.00.4
Medicare and other public21.72.04.21.126.12.15.21.0
Residence locationdMetropolitan17.10.82.60.317.90.83.00.4
  Large central metro19.11.43.00.716.61.43.20.6
  Large fringe metro14.11.52.10.618.81.62.90.8
  Medium metro18.41.72.40.718.21.62.70.6
  Small metro15.02.7**18.92.6**
Nonmetropolitan19.91.83.10.820.11.43.30.6
  Micropolitan18.22.2**21.91.83.80.7
  Noncore23.02.8**16.61.82.30.6
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.82.80.319.00.73.10.3
Other16.42.6**16.01.9**
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.82.60.415.90.82.60.4
Fair/poor23.61.62.80.625.71.54.20.6
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.81.23.50.628.11.24.40.6
Complex activities26.82.25.21.232.12.15.41.1
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.92.30.413.00.72.40.4

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, over 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.

* - 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 September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 10_3_1-1: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr08/10_patientsafety/T10_3_1-1.html