The role of housestaff in implementing medication reconciliation on admission at an academic medical center. Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Medical Errors
  • Medical Staff, Hospital
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • Patient Admission


  • Since 2006, the Joint Commission has required all hospitals to have a process in place for medication reconciliation (MR). Although it has been shown that MR decreases medical errors, achieving compliance has proven difficult for many health care institutions. This article describes a housestaff-championed intervention of a "hard stop" for on-admission MR orders that led to a statistically significant increase in compliance that was sustained at 6 months after intervention. Academic medical centers, which comprise large numbers of housestaff, can improve compliance with on-admission MR by engaging housestaff in the development of solutions and in communication to their peers, leading to sustained results.

publication date

  • January 2011



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1062860610370712

PubMed ID

  • 20501865

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 39

end page

  • 42


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