AHRQ announced today that it has released a new toolkit to help hospitals improve medication reconciliation processes in their efforts to reduce adverse drug events.

The Medications at Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Toolkit offers step-by-step instructions for improving the process of reconciling medications. The comprehensive toolkit provides information on each stage of the process — from the planning stage, such as how to elicit leadership support, on through the stages of pilot testing, implementation and evaluation.

MATCH was developed by Gary Noskin, M.D., and Kristine Gleason, R.Ph., of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill., through a grant from AHRQ and a collaboration between Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The Joint Commission.

Click here to access a web version of the MATCH Medical Reconciliation toolkit.

Click here for a printable version (PDF).