Practicing clinician. See clinician.

Practitioner. See clinician.

Preventable adverse drug event (ADE). An adverse drug event arising because of an error.

Primary care. The provision health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of a patient’s health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community (IOM, 1996).

Provider. See clinician.

Reconciliation. Comparison of the medications a person is taking in one care setting with those being provided in another setting.


AADA Abbreviated Antibiotic Drug Application

AAFP American Academy of Family Physicians

AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges

ACE angiotensin converting enzyme

ACGME Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education

ADE adverse drug event

ADWE adverse drug withdrawal event

AFB American Foundation for the Blind

AGS American Geriatrics Society

AHA American Hospital Association

AHCA American Health Care Association

AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

ALLHAT Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial

AMA American Medical Association

ANDA Abbreviated New Drug Application

ANSI American National Standards Institute

APA American Psychiatric Association

ASHP American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials

BLA Biologic Licensing Application

BTE Bridges to Excellence

CC Cochrane Collaboration

CCR Continuity of Care Record

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDER Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration

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