Normalizing Medication Discussion to Keep You Safe

Normalizing Medication Discussion to Keep You Safe

October 24, 2023 in Family Practice, News

October is recognized as “Talk About Your Medicines” month to enhance communications between patients and healthcare providers regarding safe and appropriate use of medications. 

To help our patients minimize risks and maximize the benefits of their medications, we are encouraging routine “medication reconciliation.” This process compares patient medication orders to all of the medications the patient has been taking. The purpose of medication reconciliation is to avoid medication errors such as omissions, duplications, dosing errors or drug interactions.

Regional Family Health is encouraging all patients to bring their pills (prescription and over the counter) with them to their next visit. Our staff will provide you with a bag as a token of appreciation for taking the initiative of having medication discussions with your provider. This bag can be used when medications are brought in to future appointments.

Your health and medication safety depends on good communication. One of the best ways to communicate with your healthcare team is by simply asking questions. Use a checklist and take notes to make sure your concerns are addressed. If in doubt, or if you experience any issues with your medication, do not hesitate to seek help from a pharmacist or your primary healthcare provider.

Pictured: Leah Palmer, RN with RFH Medication Reconciliation Bag