Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease: Practical Strategies for the Federal Healthcare Professional
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the impact of PD on healthcare systems and understand the ramifications of recent Federal regulation changes on PD care in the VA system
- List the common signs and symptoms associated with PD
- Describe the primary disorders and clinical features that should be considered and identified in the differential diagnosis of PD
- Summarize expert recommendations and recent clinical evidence regarding optimal treatment strategies in PD
- Identify challenges associated with non-motor and treatment-related symptoms in PD and integrate effective methods for screening, diagnosis, and treatment
John Duda, MD
Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Allison Gardner, PhD
Clinical Content Manager
Rebecca L. Julian, MS
Associate Managing Editor
This activity is intended for physicians, clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, and nurses who manage the health of 16 million beneficiaries in the federal healthcare system, including the VA and the military through all branches of service in the Department of Defense.
Series Overview/Statement of Need
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by hallmark signs of bradykinesia, rigidity, tremor, and gait disturbances. It is superseded only by Alzheimer’s disease as the most common neurodegenerative disorder. The prevalence of PD increases with age, and this is a growing concern as longer life expectancies in many populations, including in the United States (US), result in an increased need for healthcare resources.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) treats an estimated 40,000 Veterans with PD each year, and the disease imposes a relatively heavy burden on both Veterans and the VA. To improve care for this growing population of Veterans suffering from PD, the VA established six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs) in 2001 to offer state-of-the-art treatment of PD and other movement disorders, as well as to provide education for both the professional community and patients.
The robust research efforts carried out by the federal government is especially important in light of the recent policy amendment that added PD to the list of diseases presumed to be service related for Veterans who served in combat roles in Vietnam, based on evidence suggesting that Agent Orange exposure may increase the risk of PD. This development holds important implications for healthcare delivery systems in general, and the VA in particular; the likely influx of PD patients demands that federal practitioners are up-to-date on evidence-based strategies to recognize and manage this complex disease.
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Statement of Participation
Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who successfully complete the activity will receive a Statement of Participation indicating the maximum credits available.
Medium and Method of Participation
This complimentary CME/CE activity consists of a 1.0-credit publication. To receive credit, each participant must read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the post-test, attestation, and evaluation.
Original Release Date: April 26, 2011
Expiration Date: April 25, 2012
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 1.0 hour
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John Duda, MD, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts and has received no compensation for participating in the development of this activity.
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Acknowledgment of Commercial Support
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.
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