Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
15.9 percent (2015)

Target:
11.2 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

Baseline:
15.9 percent of adults aged 65 years and over used inappropriate medications in 2015

Reduce the proportion of older adults who use inappropriate medications

Target-Setting Method
Projection

Summary

Some medications are linked to more risks than benefits for older adults, often because of side effects related to aging. But many older adults get prescriptions for these medications anyway. Health care providers can use the nationally accepted Beers criteria to keep older adults from getting inappropriate medications.