Medication history

Quick reference guide 

An accurate medication history provides a foundation for assessing the appropriateness of a patient’s current therapy and directing future treatment choices. It can prevent medication errors and during the process of obtaining a history other pharmaceutical issues such as poor or non-adherence can be identified. It is important, as part of your clinical role as pharmacists, that the medication histories you undertake are accurate to ensure patients’ current and future therapy is safe and effective.

This guidance is for pharmacists. It provides advice on the areas pharmacists should enquire about when undertaking a medication history.

Sections on this page

  • Key points
  • Where can I obtain information when compiling a medication history?
  • What medicines should I enquire about?
  • What questions should I ask?
  • Additional tips to consider
  • Where to go for further information

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