International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 797–802 | Cite as

Medication reconciliation: passing phase or real need?

  • Esther Durán-GarcíaEmail author
  • Cecilia M. Fernandez-Llamazares
  • Miguel A. Calleja-Hernández


Medication reconciliation errors occur across transitions in patient care. Of all medication errors in a hospital, 25 % in hospitalised patients are caused by a failure to reconcile new prescriptions with ongoing home treatments. These errors are more common at discharge, but the critical moment for detecting and resolving them is at the time of admission. This commentary reviews the different ways in which reconciliation errors can be prevented. The reconciliation process should be standardised and implemented in daily practice as a routine part of healthcare provision. To achieve this, professional development of hospital pharmacists is of paramount importance. The commentary goes on to describe the factors that affect the reconciliation process and the stages involved in its implementation. Finally, we discuss the use of information technology as a means to help integrating medication reconciliation into clinical practice.


Chronic medication Information technology Levels of care Medication errors Medication reconciliation Seamless care 



The authors would like to thank A.B. Jiménez and F. Martínez for their contribution to the initial planning of this article and A. Giménez for their contribution to the literature search.



Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esther Durán-García
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cecilia M. Fernandez-Llamazares
    • 1
  • Miguel A. Calleja-Hernández
    • 2
  1. 1.Pharmacy Department (Servicio de Farmacia)Hospital General Universitario Gregorio MarañónMadridSpain
  2. 2.Pharmacy Department (Servicio de Farmacia)Hospital Universitario Virgen de las NievesGranadaSpain

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