Table 10_3_1-2b

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_1.2b
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
80 and over15.**
Family incomebNegative/poor19.
Near poor/low19.61.420.11.518.61.520.73.714.93.4
EducationcLess than high school19.11.320.01.519.41.719.92.713.92.4
High school graduate18.**
At least some college16.**
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.416.71.516.51.615.83.318.44.1
Medicare and private17.30.917.50.917.**
Medicare and other public21.
Residence locationdMetropolitan17.10.817.40.816.80.918.
  Large central metro19.11.420.11.521.
  Large fringe metro14.11.513.91.613.11.6****
  Medium metro18.41.718.51.717.21.8****
  Small metro15.02.715.32.814.63.0****
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.818.20.817.80.919.51.913.02.9
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.816.20.816.00.917.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.
Complex activities26.**
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.914.80.914.

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