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Medications

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Medication Usage
An element in support of a curated medication list indicating whether a patient is taking a medication. This value is distinct from medication order status. A patient may have an active prescription that is not tolerated, or may be taking medications without an order or a known order. The patient may also take the medication in ways that differ from the order. Understanding the actual relationship between the patient and the substance is of clinical importance, irrespective of the status or existence of an order or recommendation (Many meds are not prescribed, OTCs for example).
This element addresses two facts: whether the patient is taking a medication irrespective of the existence of a sig, and, if there is a sig, whether the patient is adhering to it.
This element should be coded to support consistency across organizations.

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