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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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JCAHO Definition of Med Reconciliation

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  • The process of comparing a patient's medication orders to all of the medications that the patient has been taking.
  • This reconciliation is done to avoid medication errors such as omissions, duplications, dosing errors, or drug interactions.
  • It should be done at every transition of care in which new medications are ordered or existing orders are rewritten.
  • Transitions in care include changes in setting, service, practitioner or level of care.

Notes:

Due to the lack of reliability of the medical record as an accurate source of medication history, many groups advocate computerized medication profiles and physician order entry.

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