For decades, researchers have been searching for a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Over the years, countless drugs have been developed but none is able to cure this movement disorder. All of the drugs control the symptoms for a period of time and then the disorder relapses. It was found that rather than destroying the area of the thalamus, stimulation of the region resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms of PD. Deep brain stimulation is not a curative procedure, but it can improve symptoms in patients with PD. There is always a risk that a major psychiatric disorder can be worsened with this technique.
The goal of this Parkinson’s disease/deep brain stimulation continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, physicians, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paramedics and EMTs with knowledge about deep brain stimulation for the treatment of various neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. Following the completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
- Discuss the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease
- Describe how different surgical procedures have evolved for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
- List the indications and contraindications for deep brain stimulation
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, physicians, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paramedics and EMTs.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, 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 continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.