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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.
 
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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