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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.


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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