Timely and effective treatment of Parkinson disease (PD) can enhance patients’ ability to continue to work and manage their day-to-day lives. Yet, despite the development of new therapeutic options over the past few decades and the possibility that some of them may have disease-modifying effects, the management of PD remains a challenge for specialists as well as primary care physicians. Misdiagnosis in the early stages and uncertainties about timing of treatment are among the difficulties facing clinicians. New nonpharmacologic approaches such as deep brain stimulation and other therapies on the horizon present new hope for patients as well as new educational challenges for physicians. This educational activity will address these challenges, with clarification of recent study results and insights into the rational use of newer treatment approaches.
After completing this activity, the participant will be able to do the following:
- List the current and emerging treatment approaches for the newly diagnosed Parkinson disease (PD) patient
- Describe the current and future treatment options for motor complications in PD
- Recognize and treat the most common nonmotor problems associated with PD
- Explain the role of deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery and other advanced therapies for PD
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of clinical trials and their contribution to today’s evidence-based treatment approach to PD
This educational activity is intended for all clinicians who treat patients with Parkinson disease, including neurologists, internists, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners.