Parkinson's Disease: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management

Leslie F. Nolden, DNP, FNP-BC; Todd Tartavoulle, DNS, CNS-BC; Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2014;10(7):500-506. 

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PD is a progressive, chronic, incurable, neurodegenerative disorder that can be clinically diagnosed and managed symptomatically. Clinical management focuses on decreasing loss of dopamine in the brain, preserving functional state, and managing associated symptoms, such as ED and cognitive deficits. In addition, clinicians must focus on the risk reduction strategies for PD, such as fall prevention. Clinicians are capable of positively impacting the clinical management of PD symptoms and improving quality of life.