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Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease: Practical Strategies for the Federal Healthcare Professional

Journal Supplement

Journal Supplement

Time to complete: 60 Minutes

Released: 4/26/11

Expires: 4/25/12

    Maximum Credits:
  • 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 1.0 California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
  • 1.0 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Overview: Each year, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) treats an estimated 40,000 Veterans with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This number, as well as the burden imposed on the VA system, is expected to increase substantially due to the recent ruling that added PD to the list of presumed service-related disorders for Veterans who served in combat roles in Vietnam. This policy shift is based on evidence suggesting that Agent Orange exposure may increase the risk of PD. Because patients present at different stages of the disease and with varying levels of symptom severity, PD treatment must be highly individualized and requires consideration of multiple patient-specific factors. This educational activity is designed to help clinicians in the federal healthcare system become more confident and competent in the recognition, diagnosis, and optimal management of this complex disease.


John Duda, MD
Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Richard Robinson
Sherborn, MA

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Teva Neuroscience.


Unless otherwise indicated, photographed subjects who appear within the content of this activity or on artwork associated with this activity are models; they are not actual patients or doctors.


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