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Prescribing in older people with Parkinson's disease (1.5 CPD hours)

Elderly care physician Professor Richard Walker advises on diagnosing and managing Parkinson’s disease in older patients.

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Elderly care physician Professor Richard Walker advises on diagnosing and managing Parkinson's disease in older patients.
 
Learning objectives


This module will provide a primary care focused overview on Parkinson's disease in older people, including:

  • Identifying symptoms to diagnose Parkinson's disease
  • Prescribing levodopa and advising patients of potential long-term side effects
  • Prescribing dopamine agonists and managing side-effects including daytime sleepiness
  • Using catechyl-O-methyltransferase inhibitors in conjunction with levodopa
  • Deciding which drug or combination of drugs to prescribe in individual patients
  • Managing non-motor problems, such as such as sleep problems and swallowing problems
  • Carrying out a delirium screen in patients with acute neuropsychiatric symptoms

Author
Professor Richard Walker is a consultant physician at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and honorary professor of ageing and international health at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

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