Table 10_3_1-2a

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_1.2a
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
80 and over15.********
Family incomebNegative/poor19.********
Near poor/low19.61.418.21.420.73.7********
EducationcLess than high school19.11.318.41.519.82.7********
High school graduate18.********
At least some college16.********
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.416.71.615.83.3********
Medicare and private17.30.917.20.919.83.4********
Medicare and other public21.********
Residence locationdMetropolitan17.10.816.60.917.91.9********
  Large central metro19.11.419.81.716.42.4********
  Large fringe metro14.11.513.41.5**********
  Medium metro18.41.717.11.7**********
  Small metro15.02.714.42.9**********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.817.70.919.21.9********
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.815.50.917.52.4********
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.********
Complex activities26.********
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.914.********

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 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_1-2a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.