Lissy Jarvik

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The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the Unified Psychogeriatric Biopsychosocial Evaluation and Treatment (UPBEAT) Program, an interdisciplinary mental health care management program, on the behavioral health symptoms of elderly veterans. Participants, 60 years and older, included 2637 veterans recruited from medical/surgical units who(More)
OBJECTIVE Atypical antipsychotic drugs have been used off label in clinical practice for treatment of serious dementia-associated agitation and aggression. Following reports of cerebrovascular adverse events associated with the use of atypical antipsychotics in elderly patients with dementia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued black box(More)
OBJECTIVE Despite numerous clinical trials, it is unknown whether ethnicity affects treatment response to cognitive enhancers in Alzheimer's disease (AD). There is convincing evidence of ethnic and genetic variability in drug metabolism. This article reviews the available data on ethnicity in clinical trials for AD to answer two questions: (1) what are the(More)
OBJECTIVE We addressed the relatively unexplored use of screening scores measuring symptoms of depression and/or anxiety to aid in identifying patients at increased risk for post-discharge DSM-IV Axis I diagnoses. We were unable to find such studies in the literature. METHOD Elderly veterans without recent psychiatric diagnoses were screened for(More)
Medical inpatients of nine VA medical centers (N=2,657) were screened for symptoms of depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse and followed for 24 months. Survivors were compared with deceased subjects on the severity of symptoms of depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, and self-rated health. Mortality was predicted by the length of hospitalization, as well as(More)
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