Medication reconciliation is the important process of comparing a patient's medication orders to all medications they have been taking. This helps avoid medication errors, such as omissions or duplications in doses. It can also help prevent interactions between different drugs.
Medication reconciliation starts with the list of current medications the patient should take according to their records. The healthcare provider will then check to see what the patient takes when they come in for their appointment.
They will also ask about any medication changes, such as new drugs or dosages, and ensure these changes are reflected in the patient's records. Medication reconciliation is a crucial step in ensuring that patients receive the correct medications and dosages, and it can help prevent harmful drug interactions.