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Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative


The goal of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Initiative is to measurably decrease the number of discrepant medication orders and the associated potential and actual patient harm. This toolkit is designed to assist all types of organizations, whether caring for inpatients or outpatients or using an electronic medical record, a paper-based system, or both.

This toolkit is designed to help:

  • Make the case for prioritizing medication reconciliation as a patient safety program at an organization
  • Define the problem by outlining successful practices and identifying current deficiencies within an organization or practice setting
  • Develop a new or redesign an existing medication reconciliation process that will meet patient safety goals and can be integrated into staff’s workflow
  • Test and implement a new or enhanced medication reconciliation process throughout an organization or within a practice setting
  • Assess and evaluate a process post-implementation to achieve sustainable results
  • Inform and involve patients, families, and caregivers in the medication reconciliation process


Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Funding Sources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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  • Release Date: 01/2007
  • Original Summary: 11/2007
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Last updated: May 07, 2014.