Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 16(4) October 2013 : 32-35.doi:10.12927/hcq.2014.23661
Patient Safety and Quality

Medication Reconciliation: The Priority That Isn’t

Jane Coutts, Marg Colquhoun, Marie Owen and Bernita Drenth


Medication reconciliation is a crucial step in safe care, but it is often done inconsistently or inadequately, or missed altogether. This can be dangerous and even deadly for patients, and expensive for the system. In this article, the authors discuss the current status of medication reconciliation in Canada, barriers to its implementation and steps healthcare organizations across the country are taking to introduce medication reconciliation. They conclude by outlining ways that provincial and territorial governments could re-energize work on medication reconciliation.



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