Table 10_3_1-3d

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_1.3d
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 education,b United States, 2005
Population groupTotalLess than high schoolHigh school graduateAt least some college
80 and over1.80.5******
RaceWhite, single race2.
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********
Family incomecNegative/poor3.61.0******
Near poor/low2.90.7******
Health insuranceMedicare only2.40.5****5.11.4
Medicare and private2.50.4**
Medicare and other public4.41.1******
Residence locationdMetropolitan2.60.4**
  Large central metro3.00.7****4.81.4
  Large fringe metro2.10.6******
  Medium metro2.50.7******
  Small metro********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish2.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.70.4**
Activity limitationsdBasic activities3.50.6****4.41.2
Complex activities5.21.2******
Neither basic nor complex activities2.30.4**

a Prescription medications received includes all prescribed medications initially purchased or otherwise obtained during calendar year, as well as any refills.

b 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.

c 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.

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