Parkinson's Disease (PD)
We have based the selection of topics for our program on the list of medical conditions published in the Candidate Handbook of the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy Disease State List (http://www.ccgp.org/sites/default/files/CCGP_ContentOutline2014.pdf). Completion of all of our lessons will provide a strong foundation for preparation to challenge the CGP exam.
However, you should also visit the CCGP "Candidate Page” at http://www.ccgp.org/candidate to download the candidate handbook and review all of the details and requirements of the exam. The page also tells you how to register for the exam when you are ready.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological condition that typically affects older adults.1 The primary feature of this condition is impairment of voluntary movement. Parkinson's disease affects approximately 100,000 people in Canada, with an average age of onset of 60 years.”1,2 There are some other movement disorders that have similar features as Parkinson's disease. Diagnosis is based on clinical assessment, including the presentation of classic symptoms. This module will discuss the epidemiology of Parkinson's disease, specific pathophysiology, and how the diagnosis is made in clinical practice.
Disclosures: The author and reviewer have no conflicts of interest to disclose.