Table 12_4_6-2b

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_6.2b
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by ethnicity, United States, 2006
  TotalAll racesWhiteBlackHispanic, all races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 15.70.715.90.715.90.818.01.713.52.3
80 and over17.01.317.31.416.41.527.04.312.33.5
Family incomebNegative/poor16.91.617.11.716.
Near poor/low16.
EducationcLess than high school17.
High school graduate15.
At least some college14.
Health insuranceMedicare only16.41.316.11.416.21.617.12.5DSUDSU
Medicare and private15.40.915.60.915.70.916.03.0DSUDSU
Medicare and other public17.21.819.
Residence locationdMetropolitan14.90.815.00.815.20.915.91.713.72.4
  Large central metro13.41.314.11.514.01.714.
  Large fringe metro15.31.515.51.516.21.7DSUDSUDSUDSU
  Medium metro16.91.316.11.516.21.6DSUDSUDSUDSU
  Small metro12.82.813.02.912.43.1DSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish16.20.716.10.716.00.818.11.717.64.7
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good13.50.713.90.814.00.815.
Activity limitationsdBasic activities22.11.322.01.321.81.423.52.923.15.4
Complex activities25.12.324.82.324.22.629.64.9DSUDSU
Neither basic nor complex activities11.60.811.80.812.00.913.

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: 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_6-2b: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.