Table 12_4_6-2a

2009 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 12_4_6.2a
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by race, United States, 2006
    Single race  
  TotalWhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/ANMultiple races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 15.70.715.70.717.91.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
80 and over17.01.316.11.426.94.2DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Family incomebNegative/poor16.91.616.81.916.73.2DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Near poor/low16.
EducationcLess than high school17.
High school graduate15.
At least some college14.
Health insuranceMedicare only16.41.316.51.417.02.5DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and private15.40.915.50.916.03.0DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and other public17.21.816.
Residence locationdMetropolitan14.90.815.10.915.81.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
  Large central metro13.41.313.01.514.22.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
  Large fringe metro15.31.516.11.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish16.20.716.00.817.91.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good13.50.713.60.814.82.0DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Activity limitationsdBasic activities22.11.321.91.323.62.9DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Complex activities25.12.324.62.529.64.9DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Neither basic nor complex activities11.60.811.60.913.22.2DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU

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, 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 Sources.

DSU - 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 March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 12_4_6-2a: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.