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
WhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/AN
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total17.70.717.30.818.61.820.35.0******
Age65–6918.41.318.21.517.13.3********
70–7418.11.517.71.622.64.5********
75–7919.61.919.02.018.74.6********
80 and over15.01.114.91.217.13.4********
GenderMale14.31.113.51.114.62.9********
Female20.21.020.21.121.12.5********
Family incomebNegative/poor19.32.019.62.522.13.1********
Near poor/low19.61.418.21.420.73.7********
Middle16.71.416.51.517.64.0********
High16.41.216.81.3**********
EducationcLess than high school19.11.318.41.519.82.7********
High school graduate18.31.218.01.317.43.5********
At least some college16.31.216.11.419.24.3********
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.416.71.615.83.3********
Medicare and private17.30.917.20.919.83.4********
Medicare and other public21.72.021.02.620.83.1********
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**********
Nonmetropolitan19.91.820.01.9**********
  Micropolitan18.22.217.82.4**********
  Noncore23.02.824.13.0**********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.817.70.919.21.9********
Other16.42.613.92.4**********
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.815.50.917.52.4********
Fair/poor23.61.623.51.820.93.0********
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.81.222.91.326.82.9********
Complex activities26.82.226.92.527.04.3********
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.914.31.012.82.4********

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 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. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr08/10_patientsafety/T10_3_1-2a.html