Medication Reconciliation for Older Adults Transitioning from Long-Term Care to Home
Kackman, Allison (Leverett)
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Medication reconciliation is a process that involves comparing the drugs that the patient, client, or resident has been taking before the time of an admission or entry to a new or different care setting with the drugs that the facility or provider is recommending or providing. Medication reconciliation has been identified as the most important way of decreasing or eliminating medication discrepancies, and several lines of transitional care research have tested a variety of methods for implementing successful medication reconciliation. The limited financial resources of most long term care facilities necessitate that nurses perform medication reconciliation services in this care setting. Based on the available research, implications for suggested medication reconciliation practiced at the time of discharge from long-term care are provided.