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Medication reconciliation critical to patient care, reducing medication mismanagement

from Medical News Today

Medication reconciliation is a safety practice in which healthcare professionals review patients' medication regimens when patients transition between settings to reduce the likelihood of adverse drug effects. It is among the most complex clinical tasks required of physicians, nurses and pharmacists, who must work cooperatively to minimize discrepancies and inappropriate medication orders. Now, a University of Missouri gerontological nursing expert suggests that acknowledging practitioners' varying perspectives on the purpose of medication reconciliation and their roles in the process might increase implementation in healthcare institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes. more

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