Adequate medication reconciliation
is related to patients' safety. Rural populations are at increased risk of adverse drug events
due to errors in medication reconciliation
and often receiving medical care across multiple health care entities and across long distances with separate electronic medical records.
This study examined the implementation of Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs Toolkit (MATCH) in a rural primary care
clinic and assessed the acceptability and feasibility of implementation.
MATCH was developed as a workflow process intervention to improve medication reconciliation
Findings from MATCH implementation indicate that the process improved medication reconciliation
workflow. A shared definition of current medications across providers and patients was essential.
Empowering patients and caregivers with tools and language to work with providers, particularly nurses, to conduct medication reconciliation
during primary care
clinic visits is key to improving patient medication reconciliation
in rural settings.