Get it right! Taking a Best Possible Medication History

Released October 2014

Obtaining  an accurate and complete medication history, known as a best possible medication history (BPMH), is the first step in the medication reconciliation process and forms the basis for therapeutic decisions.  

Get It Right! Taking a Best Possible Medication History is an online learning module centred around a video that guides clinicians on how to obtain and record a BPMH. The module explains why at least two sources of information are used to obtain the BPMH and the reasoning behind how medication history taking techniques can influence the accuracy of the history obtained.

Designed for junior medical officers, nursing and pharmacy staff the module includes a short role play scenario that highlights the steps in taking a BPMH and provides important tips when reviewing sources of medicines information.

Developed for and with the support of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).

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Target audience: Junior medical officers, Pharmacists, Nurses

Open to: Medical officers,  Pharmacists, Nurses, Students

Cost: Free

CPD points: This is a self-reported activity.

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2020 enrolments

Previous enrolments

Please note the content of these modules is unchanged. A new copy is released each year just for enrolment purposes. Please check your record of learning if you have enrolled in any earlier or repeat versions.

Get it right! Taking a best possible medication history 2019

Get it right! Taking a best possible medication history 2018

CPD points and practice incentives

Continuing professional development

Self-directed CPD

It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.

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