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
PercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total2.70.32.80.32.80.4****
Age65–693.60.83.80.83.70.9****
70–743.20.73.40.73.80.8****
75–79**********
80 and over1.80.51.90.5******
GenderMale1.90.42.00.41.80.5****
Female3.20.53.40.53.50.6****
Family incomebNegative/poor3.51.03.81.1******
Near poor/low2.90.73.10.8******
Middle2.20.52.30.52.50.6****
High2.60.52.70.62.50.6****
EducationcLess than high school1.90.51.90.5******
High school graduate2.90.63.00.62.80.6****
At least some college3.10.63.20.63.20.7****
Health insuranceMedicare only2.40.52.40.52.40.6****
Medicare and private2.50.42.50.42.60.4****
Medicare and other public4.21.15.01.3******
Residence locationdMetropolitan2.60.32.70.42.70.4****
  Large central metro3.00.73.20.83.00.9****
  Large fringe metro2.10.62.20.7******
  Medium metro2.40.72.50.7******
  Small metro**********
Nonmetropolitan3.10.83.10.83.10.8****
  Micropolitan**********
  Noncore**********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish2.80.32.90.42.90.4****
Other**********
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.60.42.70.42.60.4****
Fair/poor2.80.63.00.73.30.8****
Activity limitationsdBasic activities3.50.63.70.73.90.8****
Complex activities5.21.25.51.26.01.5****
Neither basic nor complex activities2.30.42.40.42.20.4****

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: 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. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr08/10_patientsafety/T10_3_1-3b.html