New Toolkit for Reducing Medication ErrorsAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sent this bulletin at 12/02/2013 04:37 PM EST
Health Literate Medication Reconciliation
The AHRQ-funded, Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS) has produced a set of medication reconciliation tools to reduce medication errors that frequently occur during care transitions. The toolkit includes:
- The MARQUIS Implementation Manual: A Guide for Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement
- Training videos illustrating health literacy strategies for taking a medication history and providing discharge medication counseling:
- A Return on Investment Calculator for medication reconciliation quality improvement investments
You can download the toolkit at: http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/Content/NavigationMenu/QualityImprovement/QIResourceRooms2/MARQUIS/Medication_Reconcili.htm
Read about the development of the toolkit in:
Mueller SK, Kripalani S, Stein J, et al. A toolkit to disseminate best practices in inpatient medication reconciliation: multi-center medication reconciliation quality improvement study (MARQUIS). Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. Aug 2013;39(8):371-382.
For additional information on how to use health literacy and cultural competence strategies to improve hospital discharge processes, consult the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/toolkit/.
For additional pharmacy health literacy tools and resources, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/index.html