Table 10_3_1-2c

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_1.2c
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by family income,b United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
80 and over15.
RaceWhite, single race17.30.819.62.518.21.416.51.516.81.3
Black, single race18.61.822.**
Asian, single race20.35.0********
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races**********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races17.90.820.22.320.11.516.71.416.81.3
Non-Hispanic, White17.60.820.
Non-Hispanic, Black18.91.822.**
EducationcLess than high school19.11.322.82.819.
High school graduate18.
At least some college16.31.2**
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.419.64.416.
Medicare and private17.30.918.93.518.
Medicare and other public21.**
Residence locationdMetropolitan17.10.819.22.520.41.715.51.515.51.3
  Large central metro19.11.425.04.320.
  Large fringe metro14.11.5**16.63.914.
  Medium metro18.41.716.03.926.
  Small metro15.02.7******13.43.8
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.821.32.419.81.517.11.516.81.3
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.817.82.815.51.615.31.415.81.3
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.
Complex activities26.**
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.916.

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