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Neurological conditions are featured in this learning plan for GPs. Learning plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
In this article Dr Melissa Maguire covers the diagnosis and management of epilepsy including prevalence, clinical features and investigations. Key learning points for GPs and other healthcare professionals are how to take a detailed clinical history, choosing an anti-epileptic drug and surgical options.
This article, updated in 2017 by Dr Wallace Brownlee, discusses how to make a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, including using the McDonald criteria, key clinical features and how to manage the condition. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include the epidemiology of the condition, using disease-modifying drugs and understanding the prognosis.
Dr Esther Hobson and Dr Christopher McDermott consider motor neurone disease, covering red flags, how to make this clinical diagnosis, which investigations to consider and how to manage the condition. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include prolonging survival, symptom management and prognosis.
Dr Benjamin Simpson provides an in-depth overview of Parkinson’s disease, including information on risk factors and prognosis as well as advice on diagnosis and treatment. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include genetic susceptibility, motor and non-motor features, and the role of structural imaging.
Dr Roser Icart-Palau and Dr Patrick Gompertz outline the epidemiology, aetiology, diagnosis and management of stroke. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include the use of the FAST and ABCD2 scores and the cardinal features of clinical presentations of stroke and transient ischaemic attack. This activity has been updated in January 2016
Dr Tillmann Jacobi discusses red flag symptoms in patients with tingling, and considers how a good history including onset, lifestyle factors and medications can help identify the cause. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include how to conduct a pragmatic neurological examination, possible investigations and when to refer.