Lawrence Elmer, M.D., Ph.D.
Jacobson Center for Clinical and Translational Research
University of Toledo Medical Center
Georgia Statewide AHEC Network
The first steps you take after diagnosing a serious illness like Parkinson's disease (PD) not only will establish how patients deal with this new reality, but will also affect your relationship with your patients as you guide them through the early stages of the disease.
PD is typically diagnosed in largely healthy patients, and the diagnosis itself may initially have a greater impact than the disease. Because of its slow progression, many patients are first seen in primary care and it is up to the non-specialist to establish a diagnosis or refer on to a neurologist.
Dr. Elmer's background as a clinical neurologist and PD researcher has provided him with extensive experience in treating PD patients in all stages. Dr. Elmer frequently works with televised media news programs to educate the public on symptoms and treatments for PD and has a particular interest in early Parkinson's disease.
Giving accurate information and anticipating patient's questions at the outset can help set a positive tone for the ongoing care relationship. Participants in this seminar will hear about options on how to deliver a diagnosis of Parkinson's and address initial patient concerns.
Participants in this webinar will be able to:
- Understand, anticipate, and respond to common patient reactions to a diagnosis of PD
- Discuss current issues in the pathophysiology of PD
- Review the rationale for polypharmacy approaches to PD
- Describe promising approaches to long-term management of PD
Original program date: Nov 12, 2010
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