PROGRAM OVERVIEW

An estimated one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, a number that does not reflect the thousands of cases each year that go undetected. In addition, only 4% of people with Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed before the age of 50, which represents a significant area of need in clinical practice. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease; treatment is generally designed to treat symptoms. However, since it is a chronic and progressive disease that persists over a long period of time, symptoms will inevitably grow worse, and some patients will become severely disabled. No one can predict which symptoms will affect which patient, nor can they predict the severity of symptoms. This makes both short- and long-term management of Parkinson’s disease particularly difficult for clinicians.

As the baby-boom generation continues to grow older, the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease will likely increase accordingly. As a result, symptom recognition, early detection, and prompt referral to neurologic specialists are becoming increasingly important. A clearer understanding of treatment options – from levodopa to adjuncts to combination therapy – can also help ensure that patients are offered the most sound and individualized options for their own personal cases. The goals of this Parkinson’s disease program are threefold: (1) to help clinicians recognize early subtle symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease in order to improve early diagnosis; (2) encourage clinicians to initiate individualized treatment plans in order to delay disease progression; and (3) incorporate clinical practice guidelines into practice in order to improve diagnosis and treatment. Our program will aim to address several gaps in the clinical management of Parkinson’s disease in order to improve clinician competence and performance, and enhance their current level of Parkinson’s disease care.

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OBJECTIVES

After completion of this activity, participant should be able to:

  • Recognize the subtle symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease in order to improve early diagnosis
  • Initiate individual treatment plans for patients with Parkinson’s Disease in order to delay disease progression
  • Incorporate clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease in order to optimize management
  • Compare the benefits and risks of available treatment options for the patients with Parkinson’s Disease including adjust treatment strategies in order to individualize treatment plans

TARGET AUDIENCE

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other healthcare providers who manage patients with Parkinson’s Disease.



 

Faculty

  • Fernando L. Pagán, MD
    Activity Chair

    Associate Professor of Neurology
    Department of Neurology
    Director of Movement Disorders Program
    Georgetown University Hospital
    Washington, DC

  • Mark J. Klafter, DO
    Faculty

    Assistant Professor
    University of Central Florida
    President & Senior Partner
    Neurological Services of Orlando, P.A.
    Orlando, FL

  • M. Susan Burke, MD, FACP
    Course Reviewer

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
    Thomas Jefferson University Medical School
    Senior Advisor
    Internal Medicine Clinical Care Center Lankenau Hospital
    Wynnewood, PA

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Faculty
The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity: 

Fernando L. Pagán, MD
Disclosure: Dr. Pagán receives Consulting Fees from Medtronic, Inc., Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC, Teva Pharmaceuticals, US WorldMeds, LLC. He is on the Speakers’ Bureau for Avanir Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, Inc., Mertz Pharmaceuticals LLC, Novartis Corporation, Teva Pharmaceuticals, US WorldMeds, LLC. He has received Research Funds from Medtronic, Inc., and Teva Pharmaceuticals..

Mark J. Klafter, DO
Disclosure: Dr. Klafter is on the Speakers’ Bureaus for Allergan, Inc., Impax Pharmaceuticals, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

M. Susan Burke, MD, FACP
Disclosure: Dr. Burke is on the Speakers’ Bureau for Merck & Co., Inc. Dr. Burke also receives consulting fees from Iroko Pharmaceuticals. .

Planning Committee
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Matthew Frese of Med Learning Group has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Kelly Kraines of Med Learning Group has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Christopher Drury of The Quill Consulting has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Release Date: April 15, 2013
Expiration Date: April 14, 2014
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This activity is sponsored by Med Learning Group.

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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