With no diagnostic test available, the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) is a clinical one, and early diagnosis before significant disability occurs can greatly improve quality of life. Although progression rate is variable, the disease eventually leads to significant disability. Patients often have comorbidities that must be considered in the treatment plan. In this CE/CME eCourse, two expert clinicians discuss the important role primary care practitioners play in identifying Parkinson’s disease, coordinating specialist care, helping patients adhere to their treatment plans, and managing motor and nonmotor signs and symptoms as the disease progresses. A patient-case simulation is interwoven into the discussions to illustrate key points in screening, diagnosis, effective treatment planning, and patient counseling.
Interactive, audio-enhanced slide lecture
After completing this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Screen patients for symptoms of PD to help reduce the likelihood of misdiagnosis as well as initiate treatment earlier in the disease process
- Identify appropriate treatment regimens for patients with PD based on efficacy and safety, as well as disease- and patient-related factors
- Apply strategies to improve consistency of treatment and adherence to therapy
NPs and PAs
Joint Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Continuing Education Alliance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
ANCC Credit Designation
Nursing contact hours: 1.00, which includes 1.00 hour of pharmacology credit
Nurse planner: Mary A. Knudtson, DNSc, NP, FAAN, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California
AAPA Credit Designation
Continuing Education Alliance has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until April 15, 2021. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
IPCE Credit Designation
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
This activity is supported by educational grants from Acorda Therapeutics, Inc and Kyowa Kirin.
The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Continuing Education Alliance, Practicing Clinicians Exchange, or any educational supporter.
All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Continuing Education Alliance are required to disclose to the audience any relevant support or substantial relationships with providers of commercial products and/or devices discussed in this activity and/or with any commercial supporters of the activity. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and planning committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias, and based upon all the available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.
Dr Friedman: consultant: Concert Pharmaceuticals; royalties: Cambridge University Press, Springer Press.
Ms Matson has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
None of the members of the Planning Committee or CE Alliance staff have any relevant relationships to disclose.
Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:
- Watch the eCourse in its entirety
- Relate the content material to the learning objectives
- Complete the post-test and evaluation form
Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70%.
The estimated time to complete this activity is 1.00 hour.
Release date: April 16, 2020
Expiration date: April 15, 2021
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