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WE MOVE Parkinson’s Disease Educational Initiative

WE MOVE, a not-for-profit organization and the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for information and education about movement disorders, announces the second event in its Parkinson’s Disease Educational Initiative – “Off-time Management in PD: The Role of COMT Inhibitors” – audio-conferences for physicians treating Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients.

The greatest challenge of treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is management of complex and variable symptoms. Physicians who treat patients with PD confront this challenge as well—facing numerous obstacles to optimal outcomes, including disease progression and variable responses to treatment. In recent months, discussions of end-of-dose “wearing off” and improved management of PD “off times” have increased in the medical community. These discussions gain momentum as new therapy approaches and management tools emerge.

The “Off-time Management in PD: The Role of COMT Inhibitors” program is a series of audio-conferences moderated by an expert in management of PD. These hour-long discussions will provide physicians with a working knowledge of the practical clinical considerations associated with the use of COMT inhibitors in management of “off-time” in PD including discussion of “wearing off” & the role of COMT inhibitors in management of “wearing off.”

Early recognition of PD symptoms and appropriate diagnosis have the greatest impact on improving patient outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative for physicians and people living with PD to be aware of the wide range of PD symptoms and be able to communicate with each other about them. WE MOVE, a leader in online health education and information, understands the importance of health literacy and effective communication to the successful outcome of PD therapy.

“Effective communication is a two-way street,” notes WE MOVE Executive Director, Judith Blazer. “That is why WE MOVE is combining a health literacy initiative with a comprehensive educational program for physicians. By addressing educational challenges across the board, WE MOVE seeks to improve the quality of life and care for all people affected by Parkinson’s disease.”

Additional information regarding the WE MOVE Parkinson’s Disease Educational Initiative and the “Off-time Management in PD: The Role of COMT Inhibitors” audio-conferences can be found on www.mdvu.org.

Established in 1991, WE MOVE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and informing patients, healthcare professionals and the public about the latest clinical advances, management and treatment options for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Source Date: Oct 08 2004