- Anne-Marie A. Wills, MD, MPH
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive, and incurable neurologic condition caused by dopaminergic cell loss in the midbrain. Currently the second most common neurodegenerative disease, PD will double in prevalence and affect over 9.3 million people by the year 2030. Advancing age is the most important risk factor to develop PD, and most patients present symptoms after age sixty. The diagnosis of PD is primarily clinical and may be supported by patients' response to pharmacotherapy. PD also has to be distinguished from movement disorders other than PD. This educational program will teach participants the diagnosis and treatment of PD and other movement disorders to provide optimal patient care.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize Parkinson Disease symptoms and decide when imaging and laboratory tests are necessary.
- Describe accepted clinical practice guidelines for Parkinson's Disease.
- Recognize when to seek and how to optimize specialist consultation.
- Evaluate current Parkinson's Disease therapies and manage their side effects.
- Optimize patients' quality of life with awareness of non-motor complications.
Neurologist, Department of Neurology, MGH
Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Release Date: July 2, 2011
Expiration Date: July 1, 2013
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John A. Fromson, MD; Reviewer
Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Robert J. Birnbaum, Md, PhD
Anan Nathif, EdM
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Anne-Marie A. Wills, MD, MPH
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