Status: Baseline only
Reduce the proportion of older adults who use inappropriate medications
Baseline: 15.9 percent of adults aged 65 years and over used inappropriate medications in 2015
Target: 11.2 percent
Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel (MEPS), AHRQ
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.
Workgroup: Older Adults Workgroup