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Physician Focus on Parkinson's

Issue 18 (Summer 2011) - Quarterly CME Newsletter on Parkinson's Disease

To receive CME credit for this activity, please complete the post-test and evaluation below.  You must score 70% or better on the post-test in order to receive your CME certificate. Once submitted, a certificate will be issued within two weeks to the email address provided.

Click here to view Issue 18 online. To view the AAN Quality-of-Care Measures full report, please click here.

Target Audience
Neurologists, NPs and PAs specializing in neurology, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with Parkinson's disease.

Statement of Need

Parkinson’s disease (PD) has traditionally been classified as a movement disorder as its cardinal symptoms include tremor, rigidity, slowed movement and postural instability. However the importance of psychiatric and other non-motor symptoms (NMS) in the detection of disease and their impact on quality of life has forced clinicians to envision PD as a complex disorder that requires careful and thorough evaluation throughout their patients’ lifetimes. It is necessary to understand that NMS often present early in disease, and it is the worsening of these symptoms that may spur individuals to seek medical attention. With disease progression, these symptoms invariably become more debilitating and are a clinical challenge to control over the long run. In addition to dopaminergic therapy, patients may require additional pharmacologic agents to control symptoms, adding to their burden of cost and complexity as they seek to sustain quality of life.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss how the course of disease and range of symptoms in young-onset PD patients differs from older-onset patients
  • Name potential challenges in the management of young-onset PD as well as treatment strategies
  • Explain how to use the AAN guidelines in caring for your patients with PD
  • Discuss the results of recent research in PD

Lauren Seeberger, MD (Case Study Contributor)
Gary VanderArk, MD (Independent Reviewer)
Richard Robinson (Medical Writer)

Accreditation Statement
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Credit Designation
intellyst® Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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