Parkinson's Disease: The Importance of an Interdisciplinary Approach for Identification, Treatment and Patient Support

Originally presented on January 21, 2016

Miran Salgado, MD

Chairman, Department of Neurosciences, New York Methodist Hospital & Medical Director, American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Resource Center at New York Methodist Hospital

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition that affects over one-million people in the United States. Approximately 60,000 people are newly diagnosed each year. Onset commonly occurs after age sixty, however up to ten percent will receive an earlier diagnosis and are considered Young Onset. Parkinson's is characterized by motor problems including slowness of movement, rigidity, and tremor. Balance and gait problems may occur later in the course of illness.

This webcast will provide an overview of Parkinson’s disease, including how a clinical diagnosis is made and how symptoms can be managed with medication and exercise. The program will orient public health practitioners to the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease and will help medical professionals know when to refer patients to neurological specialists in Parkinson's Disease. The importance of patient support and the critical role of community public health, nurses, physicians and other medical professionals in an interdisciplinary team-based approach to supporting patients with Parkinson's Disease will also be featured in this webcast.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • List the early clinical signs of Parkinson's disease that are often missed;
  • Identify at least two of the treatments offered to manage disease symptoms; and
  • Recall at least three examples of local support, resources and services for the Parkinson’s patient and their care partners.

Dr. Salgado serves on the Speakers Bureau for TEVA Pharmaceuticals and Allegan, Inc.

Dr. Salgado is a consultant for TEVA Pharmaceuticals and Allegan, Inc.

None of the other planners, moderator, and presenters have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Education Credits/Contact Hours for this activity expired on January 31, 2019.