Examination and Management of the Client With Parkinson's Disease - I6373


About Course #I6373

Release Date: May 5, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, after Alzheimer's disease, affecting approximately 630,000 people in the U.S. in 2010. This number is expected to double by 2040. With the growing number of people living with PD, most occupational therapy practitioners are likely to encounter a client with this diagnosis in their practice. Practitioners enter the field with a general understanding of neurologic rehabilitation but lack specific training in the differential diagnosis, examination, and management of clients with Parkinson's disease.

This intermediate-level course is designed to provide occupational therapists and certified occupational therapist assistants with the information needed to appropriately examine and treat the client with Parkinson's Disease, including differential diagnosis of individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms indicative of PD. Equipped with the most current evidence, the learner will be able to discuss and critically evaluate interventions directed at the specific body structure and function, activity, and participation deficits associated with PD.

AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

About the Author(s)

Deborah Kegelmeyer, DPT, MS, GCS, is a certified geriatric clinical specialist with more than 20 years of clinical experience. She is currently an associate professor of clinical allied medicine at The Ohio State University, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy and in 1990 with a master of science degree in allied medicine. She went on to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2004.

Dr. Kegelmeyer studies mobility and fall prevention in the elderly and people with neurodegenerative diseases and works as a consultant in the Movement Disorders Clinic at Wexner Medical Center. She has written extensively, including several journal articles related to Parkinson's disease, including "Reliability and Validity of the Tinetti Mobility Test for Individuals with Parkinson Disease" and "Assistive Devices Alter Gait Patterns in Parkinson Disease: Advantages of the Four-Wheeled Walker."

Lisa R. Warren, MHS, OTR/L, is the rehabilitation site manager and an occupational therapist for the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence (NPF COE). Ms. Warren has more than 25 years of clinical experience. In addition to providing care for those with neurodegenerative diseases, Ms. Warren is the founder and moderator of the Rehabilitation Director's Phone Forum, a group of rehabilitation directors and therapists from NPF COEs, which convene quarterly to discuss pertinent topics in Parkinson's therapy.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.