Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation


Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit for Medication Reconciliation


This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to improving the medication reconciliation process. It promotes a successful approach to medication management and reconciliation that emphasizes standardization of the process for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists within the facility to document and confirm a patient's home medication list on admission. It also emphasizes the need to clearly define roles and responsibilities of clinical staff.

The toolkit is based on the Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Web site. It incorporates the experiences and lessons learned by health care facilities that have implemented the MATCH strategies.

It is divided into seven components to assist with improvement:

  1. Building the project foundation: gaining leadership support within the organization
  2. Building the project foundation: project teams and scope
  3. Developing change: designing the medication reconciliation process
  4. Developing and pilot testing change: implementing the medication reconciliation process
  5. Education and training
  6. Assessment and process evaluation
  7. High risk situations for medication reconciliation


Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; The Joint Commission; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Release Date: 2011
Original Summary: December 2011
Last Updated: 10/09/13

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