Table 10_3_1-3a

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_1.3a
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 11 prescription medicationsa in the calendar year that should be avoided for older patients, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
WhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/AN
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total2.70.32.60.3**********
Age65–693.60.83.50.9**********
70–743.20.73.60.8**********
75–79**************
80 and over1.80.5************
GenderMale1.90.41.70.4**********
Female3.20.53.30.5**********
Family incomebNegative/poor3.51.0************
Near poor/low2.90.72.80.8**********
Middle2.20.52.40.6**********
High2.60.52.50.6**********
EducationcLess than high school1.90.52.00.6**********
High school graduate2.90.62.70.6**********
At least some college3.10.63.10.7**********
Health insuranceMedicare only2.40.52.30.5**********
Medicare and private2.50.42.50.4**********
Medicare and other public4.21.1************
Residence locationdMetropolitan2.60.32.50.4**********
  Large central metro3.00.72.80.7**********
  Large fringe metro2.10.6************
  Medium metro2.40.72.40.7**********
  Small metro**************
Nonmetropolitan3.10.83.10.8**********
  Micropolitan**************
  Noncore**************
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish2.80.32.80.4**********
Other**************
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.60.42.50.4**********
Fair/poor2.80.63.10.7**********
Activity limitationsdBasic activities3.50.63.70.7**********
Complex activities5.21.25.61.4**********
Neither basic nor complex activities2.30.42.20.4**********

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_1-3a: 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_1-3a.html