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
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain of OT: Client Factors
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, physicians, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paramedics and EMTs.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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