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Conducting a Medication Review

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A medication review is a systematic evaluation of a patient’s medicines. It is an interprofessional process that aims to ensure medicines are being used safely and effectively at all times. It is integral in reducing the prevalence of adverse events and ensuring medicines are used appropriately.

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Medicines are associated with more errors and adverse events than any other healthcare intervention, resulting in increased costs and reduced quality of care. Medication reviews are integral in reducing the prevalence of adverse events and ensuring that medicines are being used safely and appropriately.

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Dr Jenny Gowan is a practising pharmacist, adjunct Senior Lecturer Monash University and Clinical Associate at RMIT university. She is the Vice President of the PSA Branch committee, and an Editorial Board Member of AUS-DI (Drug information), Guidelines Committee for the National Asthma Council Australian Asthma Handbook, and RACGP Silver book for Aged Care. Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist and conducts her own company focussing on medication reviews in the home and Aged Care Facilities as well as Quality Use of Medicine consultancy. She works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. Jenny has published over 500 educational articles and presents hundreds of talks annually. In 2010 Jenny received the Sanofi-Aventis award by the University of Sydney, in 2013, PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year and in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year. In 2010 Jenny received the Sanofi-Aventis award by the University of Sydney, in 2013, PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year and 2016 Jenny was the AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.
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Braden Kydd
03 Nov 2020
Straight-forward, clear, concise, and relevant. I work in cardiac rehab and will be recommending that more of the participants approach their GP to request a Home Medication Review. The follow-up reading and resources are also very valuable in this article.
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Mulungulilwa SAIDI
24 Oct 2020
Medication review helps to identify risks associated with drugs reactions and improve quality of treatment as expected by patient.
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Jenny Davies
01 Aug 2021
Very good.
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Shipei Zhu
26 Apr 2022
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Good resource.
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Jenny Ryan
25 Oct 2020
Very comprehensive, factual and well researched.
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Teresita
24 Nov 2020
This reading made me realise how vulnerable our aging population in the community. This is an exellent read for everyone.
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susan isaac
25 Oct 2020
An overview of medication review was a short and informational resource which covered all the aspects of medication review and helped in revising the view about the topic which was once there in the syllabus and never viewed therafter. Such short overviews reminds of the basic methodology to do our daily tasks effectively.
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16 Mar 2021
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Haeranui Fairfax
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