Often, the medicine reconciliation process is considered to be a pharmacists domain, but physicians are crucial for the success of this intervention in optimising patient's care and error reduction.
While the best medicine reconciliation team will always be multi-disciplinary across all settings of care, physician leadership is essential for engaging other team members and the patient to create the ‘most accurate’ medicines list, and then ensuring this information is used appropriately by other team members in clinical decision making.
This article from the Americal Medical Association The physician’s role in medication reconciliation: Issues, strategies and safety principles, provides an excellent framework for doctors to understand their personal roles and responsibilities within medicine reconciliation. While American in origin, it provides an excellent framework for doctors to understand their personal roles and responsibilities within medicine reconciliation. Organisations who would like more physician involvement in their process will find this document a helpful read particularly the well illustrated case studies that highlight why doctors leadership in medicine reconciliation is important.
For the details on the New Zealand medicine reconciliation process, please follow the link below.