Optimizing the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease: Patient Specific Considerations

Friday, 10/20 – 11:10am – 12:30pm

Brief Overview

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) treatment is complex and requires the integration of a multi-member health care team. However, patients are often challenged with limited access to specialists. In fact, more that 40% of PD patients do not see a neurologist within the first four years of diagnosis. Primary care practitioners should recognize that the treatment of PD should be multidisciplinary. PCPs need to have a more active role in the optimal coordination of care for PD patients referring patients to a specialist as needed.

The pharmacologic management of Parkinson’s disease involves the use of symptomatic therapies. Currently, there is no neuroprotective or disease-modifying therapy available. Levodopa with carbidopa is the standard of care for the symptomatic motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Novel non-pharmacologic treatments such as Deep Brain Stimulation allow relief for patients whose motor fluctuations and dyskinesia cannot be managed by medications. Primary care practitioners need to be educated on the novel treatments available for the management of Parkinson’s disease so that they can provide the optimal management of PD for their patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the comprehensive care and disease management strategies for treating patients with Parkinson’s disease including the management of both motor and non-motor symptoms
  • Evaluate the current management and referral strategies for the optimal treatment of Parkinson’s disease
  • Discuss new treatment options available for managing Parkinson’s disease


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.

Accreditation Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Primary Care Network (PCN) and Medical Learning Institute, Inc. Primary Care Network is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAFP: Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Faculty Information

Pravin Khemani, MD
Associate Professor, Movement Disorders
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, TX