OfficePerspectives: Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: Early Diagnosis, Treatment Options, and Complications

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from AbbVie Inc.

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Release date: 1/22/16

Valid through: 1/22/17

Specialty: Neurology

Media: Internet

Target Audience

The target learning audience is movement disorder specialists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care providers who manage patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Program Overview

Michael Pourfar, MD, and David Swope, MD, recognized clinicians, researchers, and authors, engage in a candid, evidence-based discussion on the management of Parkinson’s disease. Early diagnosis, appropriate initiation and adjustment of treatment, patient education and counseling, as well as new and emerging therapies, are examined in this free-flowing video format.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Incorporate strategies for an earlier, and more accurate diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
  • Assess current and emerging therapeutic interventions used to manage motor fluctuations and dyskinesias in Parkinson’s disease
  • Evaluate the data for therapies used for the treatment of non-motor symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease
  • Recognize the importance of patient education and counseling for patients with Parkinson’s disease

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a certificate of participation.


David Swope, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Mount Sinai Health System
New York, New York

Michael Pourfar, MD
Co-Director, Center for Neuromodulation
New York University Langone Medical Center
New York, New York

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Annenberg Center for Health Sciences policy, the following disclosures have been made:

David Swope, MD
  • Research Support: Michael J. Fox Foundation, NYSTEM
  • Consultant: Allergan, GE, Pfizer, Teva, US WorldMeds
  • Speakers Bureau: Allergan, GE, Teva
Michael Pourfar, MD
  • Consultant: Lundbeck, Medtronic, St Jude Medical Center
  • Speakers Bureau: Medtronic, Teva, US WorldMeds

The faculty for this activity have disclosed that there will be discussion about the use of products for non-FDA approved indications.

Additional content planners
The following have no significant relationship to disclose:

Anne Greenberg (medical writer)

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences
John Bayliss, VP, Business Development, spouse is an employee of Amgen, Inc; all other staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To participate in this activity, complete 3 easy steps:

  1. Complete the pre-activity Clinical Impact Challenge quiz, which will allow you to compare your answers at the beginning of the activity to your post-activity answers.
  2. Watch the video webcast.
  3. Complete the post-activity quiz and evaluation form.

Hardware and Software Requirements

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Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The faculty for this activity have disclosed that there will be discussion about the use of products for non-FDA approved indications.


It is the policy of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all programming. All faculty and planners participating in sponsored programs are expected to identify and reference off-label product use and disclose any relationship with those supporting the activity or any others with products or services available within the scope of the topic being discussed in the educational presentation.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CE/CME activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by the Annenberg Center for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. The Annenberg Center is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CE/CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.