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
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total17.70.717.90.817.60.818.91.813.51.7
Age65–6918.41.318.71.418.41.717.53.315.33.3
70–7418.11.518.31.517.81.723.04.615.94.3
75–7919.61.920.32.019.72.118.94.78.72.6
80 and over15.01.115.11.215.11.317.13.4**
GenderMale14.31.114.61.113.81.214.82.99.72.6
Female20.21.020.51.120.41.221.42.516.32.7
Family incomebNegative/poor19.32.020.22.320.93.022.23.112.73.0
Near poor/low19.61.420.11.518.61.520.73.714.93.4
Middle16.71.416.71.416.31.518.14.3**
High16.41.216.81.317.21.4****
EducationcLess than high school19.11.320.01.519.41.719.92.713.92.4
High school graduate18.31.218.41.318.01.417.83.5**
At least some college16.31.216.41.216.21.419.44.4**
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.416.71.516.51.615.83.318.44.1
Medicare and private17.30.917.50.917.31.020.43.5**
Medicare and other public21.72.024.22.325.23.421.03.210.61.9
Residence locationdMetropolitan17.10.817.40.816.80.918.12.013.41.7
  Large central metro19.11.420.11.521.32.016.42.412.62.0
  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****
Nonmetropolitan19.91.820.01.820.11.9****
  Micropolitan18.22.218.42.217.92.4****
  Noncore23.02.822.92.824.13.0****
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.818.20.817.80.919.51.913.02.9
Other16.42.620.54.7****13.02.2
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.816.20.816.00.917.92.57.61.8
Fair/poor23.61.623.61.623.32.021.13.023.63.4
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.81.224.11.323.21.426.62.920.03.5
Complex activities26.82.227.42.327.72.627.04.3**
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.914.80.914.71.013.32.59.12.0

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