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Ask the right questions about your medications

For patients who require multiple medications or who are transitioning between treatments, safety can become a concern. You or your loved one may be at risk of fragmented care, adverse drug reactions, and medication errors. To be an active partner in your health, you need the right information to use your medications safely.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute has teamed up with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, and the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists to create a list of top questions to help patients and their caregivers have a conversation about medications with their healthcare provider.

Use these five questions:

Canadian Patient Safety Week is a national, annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality. As the momentum for promoting best practices in patient safety has grown, so has the participation in Canadian Patient Safety Week. This year the focus is on Medication Safety, with the goal of reducing medication errors across Canada. The theme is Not All Meds Get Along, prompting patients and healthcare professionals to seek medication reviews.

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