Table 10_3_1-3c

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_1.3c
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 family income,b United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
80 and over1.80.5********
RaceWhite, single race2.60.3**
Black, single race**********
Asian, single race**********
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races**********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races2.
Non-Hispanic, White2.80.4****
Non-Hispanic, Black**********
EducationcLess than high school1.90.5********
High school graduate2.90.6********
At least some college3.10.6******2.90.8
Health insuranceMedicare only2.40.5********
Medicare and private2.50.4****
Medicare and other public4.21.1********
Residence locationdMetropolitan2.60.3**
  Large central metro3.00.7********
  Large fringe metro2.10.6********
  Medium metro2.40.7********
  Small metro**********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish2.80.3**
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.60.4****
Activity limitationsdBasic activities3.50.6********
Complex activities5.21.2********
Neither basic nor complex activities2.30.4******2.70.7

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