Table 10_3_1-3b

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_1.3b
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 ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
80 and over1.******
Family incomebNegative/poor3.******
Near poor/low2.******
EducationcLess than high school1.******
High school graduate2.****
At least some college3.****
Health insuranceMedicare only2.****
Medicare and private2.****
Medicare and other public4.******
Residence locationdMetropolitan2.****
  Large central metro3.****
  Large fringe metro2.******
  Medium metro2.******
  Small metro**********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish2.****
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.****
Activity limitationsdBasic activities3.****
Complex activities5.****
Neither basic nor complex activities2.****

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_1-3b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.