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Section 3: What is Medication Review

There is no single agreed blueprint for what constitutes a medication review. Various definitions have been proposed by researchers, but in practice we see health professionals lacking a common terminology to discuss review processes, still less a clear language to use with lay people and patients.
A useful definition may need to be sufficiently widely drawn to accommodate a range of medication review-type activities, reflecting legitimate diversity in local practice and the needs of different patients at different times. Within this broad definition it would seem to be useful to define some clear levels of review that can be easily differentiated and understood, and used as the basis of a consistent recording system, as well as a dialogue between professionals and with patients.
A structured, critical examination of a patient's medicines with the objective of reaching an agreement with the patient about treatment, optimising the impact of medicines, minimising the number of medication-related problems and reducing waste.

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