Optimizing the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease: Patient-specific Considerations
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) treatment is complex and requires the integration of a multi-member healthcare team. However, patients are often challenged with limited access to specialists. In fact, more that 40% of PD patients do not see a neurologist within the first four years of diagnosis. Primary care practitioners (PCPs) should recognize that the treatment of PD has to be multidisciplinary. PCPs need to have a more active role in the optimal coordination of care for PD patients, referring them to specialists as needed. The pharmacologic management of PD involves the use of symptomatic therapies. At this time, there is no neuroprotective or disease-modifying therapy available. Levodopa with carbidopa is the standard of care for the symptomatic motor symptoms of PD. Novel non-pharmacologic treatments, such as Deep Brain Stimulation, allow relief for patients whose motor fluctuations and dyskinesia cannot be managed by medications. PCPs need to be educated on the novel treatments available for the management of PD, so that they can provide optimal care and quality of life for their patients.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
- Evaluate the current management and referral strategies for the optimal treatment of Parkinson’s disease
- Review the comprehensive care and disease management strategies for treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, including the management of both motor and non-motor symptoms
- Discuss new treatment options available for managing Parkinson’s disease
This internet, enduring activity (audio/slides) will be available for one year, beginning December 5, 2017 through December 5, 2018.
Accreditation – AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Primary Care Network (PCN) and Medical Learning Institute, Inc. Primary Care Network is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Primary Care Network designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All other healthcare professionals will be issued a certificate of participation.
American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through PCN’s ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.
Jointly provided by Primary Care Network and Medical Learning Institute, Inc.
Published December 5, 2017