Best Possible Medication History
Collecting a medication history and confirming its accuracy can be two of the most difficult steps of the medication reconciliation process, yet are crucial for providing accurate medicines information for inpatient medication treatment decisions.
Standardising the way clinicians collect and/or confirm the accuracy of a medication history will improve the capture of accurate medicines information. The following presentation and interview guide has been provided to assist services with standardisation.
Many clinicians may not be aware of the term 'medication reconciliation' or may have differing opinions to what it means. Medication reconciliation is the process of ensuring that patients receive all intended medicines and that accurate, current and comprehensive medicines information follows them at all transfers of care.
The following presentation can be used to ensure all members of the health care team have a common understanding of medication reconciliation and its goals.
- Medication Reconciliation Presentation PPT ~1.6MB
Many initial medication reconciliation efforts may focus on admission processes. Though it is essential to get the admission processes right it is also important that the gains on admission are not lost due to poor processes at other transfers of care. The following presentation provides an overview of medication reconciliation during intra-hospital transfers, inter-hospital transfers and discharge.
Online learning modules related to medication reconciliation and continuity of medication management are available to all clinicians through HETI Online.
The following modules may be used as part of education programs:
- Continuity in Medication Management - An Overview
- Continuity in Medication Management - Medication Reconciliation on Admission
- Continuity in Medication Management - Medication Reconciliation at Transfer and Discharge
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)
With the support of the ACSQHC, the NPS have developed an online learning module based on the 'Get it Right!' video
- Get it Right! Taking a Best Possible Medication History Online Learning Module