A Home Medicines Review (HMR) involves the patient, their general practitioner (GP), an accredited pharmacist and regular community pharmacy. In some cases other relevant members of the healthcare team, such as nurses in community practice or carers, are included. The pharmacist visits the patient at their home, reviews their medicine routine and provides their GP with a report. The GP and patient then agree on a medicine management plan.
The objectives of a HMR are to:
achieve safe, effective and appropriate use of medicines by detecting and addressing medicine-related problems that interfere with the patient’s desired outcomes improve the patient’s quality of life and health by using a best practice approach, that involves cooperation between the GP, pharmacist, other relevant health professionals and the patient (and where appropriate, their carer) improve the patient’s and health professional’s knowledge and understanding about the patient’s medicines build cooperative working relationships between members of the healthcare team in the interests of patient health and wellbeing.