Patient Safety Update: AHRQ offers free toolkit to strengthen medication reconciliation

AHRQ offers free toolkit to strengthen medication reconciliation

A free toolkit to help acute care and post-acute care facilities evaluate and improve their current medication reconciliation process is now available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The toolkit, titled “Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation,” can help facilities reduce patient harm due to adverse drug events or medication errors.

MATCH offers the following advantages:

  • Promotes compliance with The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal for maintaining and communicating accurate patient medication information
  • Can lead to better care transitions and fewer unnecessary readmissions by helping to ensure patients receive the right medication in the right dose at the right time
  • Provides a framework to capture complete, accurate medication information through electronic health records (EHRs)
  • Enables building a medication reconciliation process from scratch or redesigning an existing process

MATCH features a comprehensive work plan with procedural guidelines and flowcharts, modifiable templates, pilot-test recommendations and other resources to help your facility improve its medication reconciliation process step by step.

For a free toolkit, please email AHRQpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov or call 1-800-358-9295

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