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
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total17.70.719.32.019.61.416.71.416.41.2
Age65–6918.41.319.23.724.13.115.22.817.22.2
70–7418.11.520.74.522.63.220.12.613.72.3
75–7919.61.919.43.723.63.316.73.119.03.1
80 and over15.01.118.43.612.01.915.42.616.42.4
GenderMale14.31.116.63.016.42.313.01.913.51.5
Female20.21.020.52.421.51.919.41.919.52.0
RaceWhite, single race17.30.819.62.518.21.416.51.516.81.3
Black, single race18.61.822.13.120.73.717.64.0**
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, White17.60.820.93.018.61.516.31.517.21.4
Non-Hispanic, Black18.91.822.23.120.73.718.14.3**
Hispanic13.51.712.73.014.93.4****
EducationcLess than high school19.11.322.82.819.22.117.92.515.93.1
High school graduate18.31.216.23.120.82.618.02.017.22.4
At least some college16.31.2**18.43.014.52.116.31.7
Health insuranceMedicare only16.81.419.64.416.52.218.62.613.72.7
Medicare and private17.30.918.93.518.82.015.91.617.41.5
Medicare and other public21.72.019.92.828.43.715.04.2**
Residence locationdMetropolitan17.10.819.22.520.41.715.51.515.51.3
  Large central metro19.11.425.04.320.33.118.22.717.22.6
  Large fringe metro14.11.5**16.63.914.43.012.72.2
  Medium metro18.41.716.03.926.53.114.12.816.92.7
  Small metro15.02.7******13.43.8
Nonmetropolitan19.91.819.73.317.42.221.53.421.03.3
  Micropolitan18.22.218.64.118.13.316.83.219.33.9
  Noncore23.02.8**16.12.7****
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish18.00.821.32.419.81.517.11.516.81.3
Other16.42.615.04.219.25.0****
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.80.817.82.815.51.615.31.415.81.3
Fair/poor23.61.622.53.327.92.821.43.320.43.2
Activity limitationsdBasic activities23.81.225.13.227.22.521.52.521.42.3
Complex activities26.82.220.24.629.33.529.65.2**
Neither basic nor complex activities14.40.916.33.113.11.814.41.614.81.5

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