Stewart and colleagues wonder why we did not include the study by Gattis et al1 in our review.2 The reason was that because the intervention was delivered exclusively by a clinical pharmacist and our focus was on a multidisciplinary intervention, the study was not eligible. Stewart and colleagues also question our excluding the study by Stewart et al.3 Stewart et al had published a very similar article in 1998, and we suspected considerable overlap in populations. Stewart and colleagues failed to answer our queries. Because the 1998 publication4 included a more comprehensive presentation of the data, we restricted ourselves to that report of the data.
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