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New Options for Managing Parkinson’s Disease: An Update

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Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) 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. This CE/CME BriefCase emphasizes the important role primary care practitioners play in identifying PD, coordinating specialist care, helping patients adhere to their treatment plans, and managing motor and nonmotor signs and symptoms, including management of off episodes, as the disease progresses. Patient cases illustrate key points in screening, diagnosis, effective treatment planning, and patient counseling.

Physician Assistants: maximum of 1.00 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credits Registered Nurses: 1.00 Nursing contact hours, includes 1.00 hour of pharmacology credit

Released: December 21, 2021

Expiration: December 20, 2022

No longer available for credit.



Joseph H. Friedman

Joseph H. Friedman, MD

Professor and Chief
Division of Movement Disorders
Department of Neurology
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Kyowa Kirin, Inc.

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Target Audience

NPs and PAs

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the early signs of PD in order to lead to timely diagnosis and treatment

  • Formulate strategies to manage PD with current and novel therapies, including addressing off episodes

  • Apply recommendations to encourage consistent treatment and patient adherence


All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) are required to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. All relevant conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PCE policy. 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 available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Dr Friedman has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

None of the members of the Planning Committee or PCE staff have any relevant relationships to disclose.

Instructions for Credit

Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:

  1. Read the content in its entirety
  2. Relate the content material to the learning objectives
  3. 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: December 21, 2021
Expiration date: December 22, 2022


Case studies with interactive benchmarking


The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Practicing Clinicians Exchange or any educational supporter.



Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint AccreditationIn support of improving patient care, Practicing Clinicians Exchange 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

NP Course Advisor: Dorothy Johnson, RN, FNP, Bedford, Massachusetts

Nursing contact hours: 1.00, which includes 1.00 hour of pharmacology credit

AAPA Credit Designation

Joint AccreditationPracticing Clinicians Exchange 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 December 20, 2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

PA Course Advisor: Daniel Forsberg,PA-C, MPH, CPH, DFAAPA, Touro College, Chicago, Illinois

IPCE Credit Designation
IPCEThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Additional Information

Program Medium

This program has been made available online.