Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease: Practical Strategies for the Federal Healthcare Professional
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
Credits available: A maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Types of credit available:
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.