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Medication reconciliation

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 13 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i5336
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  1. Jeff Aronson
  1. University of Oxford, Primary Health Care, Headington, Oxford, UK
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The process of medication reconciliation has five steps: list the patient’s current medications; list the medications currently needed; compare the lists; make a new list based on the comparison; communicate the new list to the patient and caregivers.

Medication reconciliation seems to have been first described in 2003. It was born of the observation that medication errors often occur when a patient moves from one place …

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