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 Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until January 31, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2019. 

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0011.

This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until January 31, 2019.