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Parkinson's disease

CPD Hours

1.0

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Overview

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with debilitating motor and non-motor symptoms.

The prevalence of Parkinson's disease increases with age and with Australia being an ageing population, general/non-specialist nurses and other clinicians will increasingly be involved in the care of patients with Parkinson's disease.

This module is aimed at providing general nurses with working knowledge of the disease - particularly of the non-motor and motor symptoms and treatments, so that they can provide optimal care to patients when they present to their healthcare setting.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the non-motor and motor signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Provide an overview of the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Describe the prevalence and aetiology of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Briefly explain the process of diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Outline pharmacological treatments for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Discuss non-pharmacological treatment interventions for Parkinson’s disease.

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