Table 12_4_6-2c

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_6.2c
Adults age 65 and over who received at least 1 of 33 potentially inappropriate prescription medicationsa in the calendar year, by family income,b United States, 2006
  TotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 15.70.716.91.616.01.216.21.214.81.4
Age65–6915.31.320.53.617.63.016.52.712.71.8
70–7415.21.313.73.618.42.815.92.613.22.5
75–7915.01.517.44.417.23.013.72.414.02.8
80 and over17.01.316.12.813.22.018.22.321.53.3
GenderMale12.31.015.23.012.12.114.01.810.81.6
Female18.30.917.72.018.11.617.71.619.21.9
RaceWhite, single race15.70.716.81.916.01.415.51.315.31.5
Black, single race17.91.716.73.215.82.222.74.1DSUDSU
Asian, single raceDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
NHOPI, single raceDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
AI/AN, single raceDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races15.90.717.11.716.31.416.01.215.11.4
Non-Hispanic, White15.90.816.92.016.51.615.41.415.61.5
Non-Hispanic, Black18.01.717.23.315.52.223.24.2DSUDSU
Hispanic13.52.315.23.412.73.1DSUDSUDSUDSU
EducationcLess than high school17.51.217.72.016.51.817.32.320.94.2
High school graduate15.51.116.82.917.22.115.71.913.62.1
At least some college14.81.116.14.714.23.015.62.414.41.7
Health insuranceMedicare only16.41.317.93.315.72.318.62.114.02.7
Medicare and private15.40.913.22.616.11.915.41.615.41.6
Medicare and other public17.21.821.02.716.82.714.83.8DSUDSU
Residence locationdMetropolitan14.90.817.62.014.81.515.31.313.91.5
  Large central metro13.41.315.03.412.32.315.12.012.22.7
  Large fringe metro15.31.5DSUDSU13.93.116.42.714.72.5
  Medium metro16.91.322.63.620.13.214.82.214.62.7
  Small metro12.82.8DSUDSU9.12.614.83.3DSUDSU
Nonmetropolitan18.91.714.72.720.12.619.43.319.13.4
  Micropolitan17.91.912.02.717.92.321.04.518.34.3
  Noncore20.72.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish16.20.718.11.816.41.416.71.315.21.4
Other9.91.614.93.511.03.010.43.0DSUDSU
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good13.50.713.21.912.21.313.81.314.11.4
Fair/poor22.91.624.63.223.82.724.53.519.03.6
Activity limitationsdBasic activities22.11.323.92.919.62.123.02.523.42.7
Complex activities25.12.331.64.620.63.129.15.423.64.5
Neither basic nor complex activities11.60.812.72.011.41.511.81.411.31.4

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, 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_6-2c: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr09/12_patientsafety/T12_4_6-2c.html