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Masterclass: Parkinson's Disease - The Spectrum of Psychiatric and Physical Health Problems

Friday 31st January 2020

Park Plaza, Boar Lane, City Square, Leeds LS1 5NS

12.00pm Registration & Lunch, 12.30pm Welcome, 4.30pm Close


Parkinsonian syndromes provide an important overlap for old age psychiatry and geriatric medicine. Parkinson’s disease itself has a high prevalence of depression, dementia and psychosis; many psychiatric medications have extra-pyramidal side-effects; cerebrovascular disease may cause both dementia and Parkinsonism and also has a high prevalence of depression. Furthermore, there is a complex interaction between anti-parkinsonian medications and many drugs commonly prescribed in psychiatry. The protean manifestations of Parkinson’s disease necessitate a close liaison between the two specialties so that shared care may be of the highest possible standard. 

Led by Dr Duncan Forsyth, the half day course will cover the differential diagnosis of Parkinsonian syndromes and tremor; the pathophysiology and aetiology of Parkinson’s disease; tailoring treatment to the individual with Parkinson’s; neuropsychiatric manifestations of Parkinson’s disease and their management; carer needs; palliative care and team working in Parkinson’s, and will link to NICE Parkinson’s guidelines.