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Journal Article

Medication reconciliation during transitions of care as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review.

Kwan JL, Lo L, Sampson M, et al. Annals of internal medicine. 2013;158:397-403.

A major goal of medication reconciliation is to improve transitional care by preventing medication errors after hospital discharge. This systematic review found that medication reconciliation by pharmacists did prevent unintended medication discrepancies, but patient safety likely did not improve as these discrepancies are generally clinically insignificant. This AHRQ-funded study was published as part of a special patient safety supplement in the Annals of Internal Medicine.