Pharmaceuticals are the most common medical intervention, and their potential for both help and harm is enormous. Ensuring that American people get the most benefit from advances in pharmacology is a critical component of improving the national health care system.1
The 10 Steps to Achieve Comprehensive Medication Management2
- Identify patients that have not achieved clinical goals of therapy.
- Understand the patient’s personal medication experience/ history and preferences/beliefs.
- Identify actual use patterns of all medications including OTCs, bioactive supplements and prescribed medications.
- Assess each medication for appropriateness, effectiveness, safety (including drug interactions) and adherence (in that order), focusing on achievement of the clinical goals for each therapy.
- Identify all drug-therapy problems.
- Develop a care plan addressing recommended steps including therapeutic changes needed to achieve optimal outcomes.
- Ensure patient agrees with and understands care plan which is communicated to the prescriber/ provider for content/ support.
- Document all steps and current clinical status vs. goals of therapy.
- Follow-up evaluations with the patient are critical to determine effects of changes, reassess actual outcomes, and recommend further therapeutic changes to achieve desired clinical goals/outcomes.
- Comprehensive medication management is a reiterative process- care is coordinated with other team members and personalized goals of therapy are understood by all team members.
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