Medication Review

medication-reviewA medication review is a “ structured, critical examination of a patient’s medicines” with the objective of reaching an agreement with the patient about treatment.  Our reviews are usually conducted by a psychiatrist, a trained Nurse Practitioner, or a Physician’s Assistant, who are under the supervision of a psychiatrist.   The review should, ideally be with the patient and their current medication, in addition to any supporting documentation. The prescriber typically checks to see that:

  • the medication prescribed is appropriate for the patient’s needs
  • the medication is effective for the patient
  •  the medication is a cost effective choice
  •  any required monitoring has been done or arrangements are in place

The Prescriber also considers:

  • drug interactions
  •  side effects
  • compliance
  • concordance
  •  over-the-counter and complementary medicines
  •  lifestyle and non-medicinal interventions
  • unmet need

Medications may be prescribed at the end of the session and clients typically return, based on the need for monitoring.