• MCM

30 minutes

GPs,GP trainees

Chronic vertigo: treat with exercise, not drugs

Currently patients with chronic vertigo are generally treated in general practice with betahistine (off-label use), although stronger evidence exists for the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation. Each year around one in 20 people in the general population experience vertigo. Around 80% of these people affected by vertigo find that it severely impairs their daily functioning. The symptoms of vertigo prevent many people from working, as well as resulting in an increase in the risk of falling and a high use of healthcare services. Most cases of vertigo are caused by peripheral vestibular disorders such as vestibular neuronitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular migraine, and Ménière’s disease. Initial treatment varies, depending on the most likely vestibular disorder. Read the article on this subject then take the multiple choice assessment.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should know:

  • How to manage patients with different forms of vertigo
  • The evidence base for various management options
  • When to advise vestibular rehabilitation.

Written by:

 Vincent A van Vugt,  Henriëtte E van der Horst,  Rupert A Payne, Otto R Maarsingh....

Contributors:

Assessment questions were written by BMJ clinical editors.

Last updated

28 Sep 2017

Release date

28 Sep 2017

Accreditation

Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
ASCOFAME 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned 1 hour of CPD/CME credit to this module. BMJ Learning modules are being certified for ASCOFAME VIRTUAL (Colombia).
Australian College of Nursing 1 credit, 1:00 hour ACN 3LP participants can claim 1 CNE point per hour of active learning for modules that are directly related to their area of nursing practice (no limit).
Austrian Academy of Physicians 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning modules have been certified for DFT Punkte. DFT Punkte are accepted in Austria
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to the module and related journal article
Bahrain Defence Force Hospital 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Bahrain Defence Force Military Hospital represented by the Ministry of Defence Bahrain recognises BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purpose of continuous medical education (CME)/continuous professional development (CPD) in BDF. Healthcare professionals can thus claim continuous professional development credits for their activity in BMJ Learning. Completion of one module is considered the equivalent of one credit or one hour of learning.
Bhutan Medical and Health Council 1 credit, 1:00 hour Bhutan Medical and Health Council has formally accredited all BMJ Learning online modules for continuous professional development. Bhutan Medical and Health Council will accept the CME credit provided by BMJ Learning to any registered members of Bhutan Medical and Health Council for renewal of their registration.
Dubai Health Authority 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning is approved as a CME resource by the Dubai Health Authority (accreditation number 0013/18)
Iraqi Ministry of Health 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Iraq Ministry of Health has accredited BMJ Learning for the purposes of CME. One module is the equivalent of one hour or one credit point.
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization 1 credit, 1:00 hour Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) of the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait is the authority responsible for organising all aspects of postgraduate training of medical practitioners and other health professionals in Kuwait. Users within Kuwait can claim one hour or one credit per hour of learning completed.
Oman Medical Specialty Board 0.5 credits The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits this module for 0.5 credit points under Category II
Pakistan Society of Family Physicians 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Pakistan Society of Family Physicians has assigned 1 hour of credit to this module.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 1:00 hour The RACP does not accredit CPD activities, but MyCPD Program guidelines state that fellows can claim a maximum of 50 credits per year for online learning under 'Category 6 - Other Learning Activities'.
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 1 credit, 1:00 hour RNZCGP endorses the British Medical Journal online CME programmes
Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association 0.5 credits, 1:00 hour The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association has accredited BMJ Learning. One module equates to 0.5 credits.
UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention 1 credit, 1:00 hour This Program has been awarded 1 CPD Credit Hour by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
University of Health Sciences Lahore 1 credit, 1:00 hour University of Health Sciences Lahore has assigned 1 hour of credit to this module.
Chronic vertigo: treat with exercise, not drugs Rated 4/5 based on 32 customer reviews