Open Discussion on Parkinson's
Lecture Description:

Building an open and trusting relationship with your doctor is crucial to managing Parkinson's. Without trust, medication regimens and other recommendations may not be followed. During this special session, Dr. Ospina discussed the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in an informative Q & A session. Audience members were encouraged to come to this session prepared to ask any question related to Parkinson’s.

Learner Outcomes:

  • • Describe the importance of a trusting patient-doctor relationship for managing Parkinson’s.
  • • List one strategy for improving the patient-doctor relationship.
  • • Discuss medications to avoid for people with Parkinson’s.
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Maria Cristina Ospina, MD

Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: None

Maria Cristina Ospina, MD is a movement disorder neurologist in private practice, as well as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Arizona. During her medical career, Dr. Ospina has been active in medical research, participating in several National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials. She has served as an investigator in the Parkinson Study Group and as an invited speaker on a variety of topics related to movement disorders. She is trained in both the administration of botulinum toxin for dystonia and the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS). She believes in utilizing complementary modalities in Parkinson care and is an advocate for exercise to improve gait, flexibility, and mood.