Medication reconciliation in Canada – raising the bar – 2012

Posted on November 2, 2012. Filed under: Patient Safety, Pharmacy |

Medication reconciliation in Canada – raising the bar – 2012

Accreditation Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada. (2012). Medication Reconciliation in Canada: Raising The Bar – Progress to date and the course ahead. Ottawa, ON: Accreditation Canada.


“Communicating effectively about medications is a critical component of delivering safe care. Without it, patients are at risk. By identifying and resolving medication discrepancies, the likelihood of adverse events occurring within health care organizations across the continuum of care will be reduced.

Using medication reconciliation, health care providers follow a formal process to work together with patients, families and care providers to ensure accurate and comprehensive medication1 information is communicated consistently across transitions of care. Medication reconciliation is a systematic and comprehensive review of all the medications a patient is taking to ensure that medications being added, changed or discontinued are carefully assessed and documented. Endorsed by patient safety organizations around the world, medication reconciliation is intended to ensure accurate communication at care transition points, for example, when patients enter a hospital, transition to another service or provider, or are discharged home.”


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