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Brittany McGalliard, PharmD; Rita Shane, PharmD; and Sonja Rosen, MD; September 2016
An elderly woman with multiple medical conditions experienced new onset dizziness and lightheadedness. A home visit revealed numerous problems with her medications, with discontinued medications remaining in her pillbox and a new prescription that was missing. In addition, on some days she was taking up to five blood pressure pills, when she was supposed to be taking only two.
Journal Article > Study
Porter SC, Kohane IS, Goldmann DA. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2005;12:299-305.
This study examined the utility of a multimedia kiosk to capture parents' knowledge of their children's asthma medication history. Investigators compared the parental information with that documented by emergency department providers. Results suggested greatest accuracy in medication name followed by route of delivery, form of medication, and dose. The authors conclude that patient-derived data can be effective in improving current deficits in medication documentation during emergency department visits.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition). May 23, 2006:D1. [reprinted on Post-Gazette.com]
This article discusses the shared responsibility among patients, hospitals, and practitioners to support appropriate drug administration through medication reconciliation.
Markel H. New York Times. February 25, 2007;4:5.
This article discusses the problems associated with taking many prescription and over-the-counter medications, as dangerous combinations may go undetected.
Tools/Toolkit > Toolkit
Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, Massachusetts Medical Society.
This form can help patients document their prescriptions and other health information prior to visits with health care providers.
Cooney E. Worcester Telegram & Gazette. January 28, 2008;Living section:E1.
This article discusses an AHRQ-funded program to study information technology tools and their ability to minimize medication errors in a geriatric patient population.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014.
As they become more prevalent, electronic medical records (EMRs) are being used to improve safety in increasingly creative ways. This newspaper article reports on efforts to engage patients in reviewing their medication lists by providing them with access to EMR systems in order to detect and correct discrepancies in data.
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. Office of Women's Health and National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
This toolkit offers tips for patients to prevent adverse drug events and provides a way to record important medication information such as a list of allergies, prescriptions, dosages, and conditions being treated.
Gorman A. Kaiser Health News. August 30, 2016.
Older patients are particularly vulnerable to medication errors, as they are often prescribed multiple medications for chronic conditions. This news article reports on complexities associated with managing medications in older patients, including how miscommunication between care team members and patient misunderstanding of postdischarge medication changes can increase risks and contribute to preventable harm. A recent WebM&M commentary discussed strategies to safely manage medications in older patients and highlighted the importance of medication reconciliation.