Medicines reconciliation and medication reviews play an integral part in medicine optimisation.
Medicines reconciliation is the process of accurately listing a person’s medicines. This could be when they're admitted into a service or when their treatment changes. It involves recording a current list of medicines, including over-the-counter and complementary medicines. Then, the list is compared with the medicines the person is actually using. It involves recognising and resolving any discrepancies and documenting any changes.
The medicines reconciliation process will vary depending on the care setting that the person has moved into (or from).
Trained and competent staff should carry out the medicines reconciliation. They should consult with a health professional. Ideally, this should be the person’s GP, nurse or pharmacist.
This is a template that can be used by health professionals carrying out medicines reconciliation.