Parkinson’s Disease & Physical Therapy: Optimizing Evidence-Based Patient Centered Care


Parkinson's disease impacts multiple systems with both motor and non-motor symptoms. Treating patients with Parkinson's disease (PwPD) is complicated and multidimentional. In this presentation, Stacy Pepitone, PT, DPT, OCS, will discuss interdisciplinary clinical considerations for treating PwPD. Attendees will learn about Parkinson's disease, medical management, and non-motor factors impacting patient response to rehabilitation interventions. Clinicians will learn the importance of gathering information beyond the motor system and how it can improve patient outcomes on an interdisciplinary team.

Learning Objectives:
  • Differentiate Parkinson's disease medication regarding patient performance and overall physical therapy clinical outcomes;
  • Recognize Parkinson's disease non-motor symptoms impact on physical therapy treatment to develop a therapeutic alliance and improve patient-centered care; and
  • Identify the appropriateness of patient referrals to an interdisciplinary patient care team.

Stacy Pepitone, PT, DPT

Stacy is a physical therapist researcher and practices in outpatient neurology and orthopedics. She is PWR! Moves and LSVT BIG and Rock Steady Boxing Coach certified. Stacy has 15+ years of experience working with Parkinson's disease (PD) as a physical therapist and former personal trainer. She has completed extensive post graduate education related to Parkinson's disease and has a passion for treating the PD patient population. She received her DPT from Marymount University.



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