Medication reconciliation as a tool for reducing polypharmacy at hospital discharge in Internal Medicine Wards

Paola Zuccheri, Federico Manfredi, Arianna Serra, Morena Borsari, Roberto Nardi, Angelo Pasquale, Biagio Sassone
2014 Italian Journal of Medicine  
Medication reconciliation is a fundamental process of high-quality and safe medical care. An accurate current medication list is essential in all patient care settings. The process of medication reconciliation aims to promote patient safety by providing a structured process for physicians and other healthcare providers to acquire and transfer accurate detailed information about current prescribed medications, non-prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Nevertheless, medication reconciliation
more » ... on reconciliation is not yet sufficiently spread in the clinical practice. The barriers to the construction of an accurate medication list and to the development of a reliable and enduring method of communication are mostly cultural gaps, lack of time and staff.
doi:10.4081/itjm.2014.432 fatcat:3rqvemihuracxfbw4wurai64jy