Parkinson Disease

Course #68771 -


Parkinson disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects approximately 1% of those older than 60 years of age. Improved recognition of both non-motor and motor symptoms can promote early diagnosis and treatment of PD. Importantly, early intervention leads to better quality of life for the patient, and this may be facilitated by improved understanding of PD pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, and therapeutic options. As a chronic condition, patients with PD have ongoing contact with their primary care provider for PD and non-PD related concerns. Additional aspects related to PD are likely to be encountered, including issues with medications prescribed to control PD symptoms, comorbid conditions, and polypharmacy. This course will review all of the relevant aspects of PD diagnosis and treatment necessary for the optimal care of patients with the disease.

Education Category: Infection Control / Internal Medicine
Release Date: 05/01/2019
Expiration Date: 04/30/2022

Table of Contents


This advanced course is designed for all psychologists involved in the care of patients with Parkinson disease.

Accreditations & Approvals

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 10 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide needed information about the assessment and treatment of Parkinson disease so psychologists may implement the necessary interventions appropriately.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the history, epidemiology, and clinical signs/symptoms of Parkinson disease (PD) and scientific developments related to recognition of the disease.
  2. Describe the assessment and management of PD.
  3. Assess motor and non-motor symptoms and signs in relation to pathophysiology of PD.
  4. Anticipate the time course of symptom development in patients with PD, and use this to assess clinical probability and to inform follow-up of a patient in whom the diagnosis is unclear.
  5. Refine history and clinical examination skills in order to detect the early motor and non-motor signs and symptoms of PD.
  6. Develop a strategy for the initial workup of patients with suspected PD that conforms with diagnostic and clinical staging criteria.
  7. Compare and contrast syndromes that may mimic PD and their differential diagnosis.
  8. Devise a treatment strategy and select an appropriate drug regimen for the management of PD.
  9. Create an approach to the management of PD based on stage of the disease, severity of symptoms, and rate of progression.
  10. Discuss the role of non-motor symptoms of PD and devise a strategy for treatment.
  11. Outline a long-term plan for monitoring the course of illness, including patient and family education and safety precautions.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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