Medication reconciliation and seamless care in the long-term care setting

Neil J. MacKinnon, Robert M. Kaiser, Paula Griswold, Alice Bonner

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Abstract

The evidence in support of medication reconciliation has increased rapidly in recent years, while the need for an improved medication-use system in the LTC setting remains. This article describes the essential elements of medication reconciliation and its application to the LTC setting. First, a case presentation depicts some of the typical clinical problems involving medications that face residents and clinicians in this setting and during transitions of care. Second, a brief literature review of medication reconciliation follows, with a special emphasis on the LTC setting. Third, a practical real-life example of adopting this service in several facilities in one state, the Nursing Home Medication Safety Project in Massachusetts, is reviewed. Finally, suggested strategies for implementation are presented, including implications for clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume17
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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