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JAMA Covers ASHP Conference Presentations

Presentations on optimizing symptom management for hospice patients and treating depression in the elderly at ASHP's recent Home, Hospice, and Long-Term Care meeting made their way into the Oct. 6, 1999, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The first news article featured pharmacists Joni Berry, M.S., of Hospice of Wake County, N.C., and Stephen Arter, with Parkview Home Health Hospice in Fort Wayne, Ind., describing the types of symptoms that are common to hospice patients, including chronic pain and nausea. These presenters also recommended interventions to ensure that medication interactions are minimized and the patient is as comfortable as possible. Pharmacist Susan Ksiazek, of Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y., featured in the second article, spoke about physicians' poor recognition of depression in elderly patients and appropriate pharmacological therapy. To see the articles, go to, and click on the "Past Issues" button.