Unintentional medication discrepancies during transitions in care (such as hospitalization and subsequent discharge) are very common and represent a major threat to patient safety. One solution to this problem is medication reconciliation. In response to Joint Commission requirements, most hospitals have developed medication reconciliation processes, but some have been more successful than others, and there are reports of proforma compliance without substantial improvements in patient safety. There is now collective experience about effective approaches to medication reconciliation, but these have yet to be consolidated, evaluated rigorously, and disseminated effectively.
In 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) a $1.5 million grant for a three-year Multi-Center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS). The goal of MARQUIS is to develop better ways for medications to be prescribed, documented, and reconciled accurately and safely at times of care transitions when patients enter and leave the hospital.
Role of the Hospitalist:
Funded by AHRQ grant HS0195898
MARQUIS Project Team