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).


Patients medicines

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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.


Previous enrolments

Go to your Record of learning to access previous copies of this course if:

  • you partially completed the course and wish to finish it without starting from scratch.
  • you completed the course previously and need to reprint your Certificate of Completion.



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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