Part IV: Understanding Medication Management in Care Transitions
As we recently mentioned in Part III of our Care Transitions Interventions Series on Medication Reconciliation, patients with chronic conditions are often on multiple and frequently changing medication regimens, making medication management a vital component of effective care transitions interventions.
Medication management involves educating patients and caregivers on accurately self-medicating with:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Herbal medications
Medication management education includes not only how and when to take medications, but also adverse effects and contraindications associated with all medications.
A comprehensive drug interaction analysis is imperative each time a patient has a medication addition or change, and potentially high-risk medication interactions must be reported to the patient’s physician.
When patients work with their care coaches, doctors, and caregivers to correctly manage their medications, outcomes for care transition interventions are significantly improved.