Sleep disorders are highly prevalent in society today and are often inadequately treated, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. An estimated 70 million Americans experience sleep disorders, and direct medical costs associated with doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications are estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Data have shown that roughly two-thirds of survey respondents experienced a sleep problem at least a few nights a week during the previous month, and nearly half experienced difficulty with sleep every night or almost every night.
Effective management and treatment of sleep disorders are often associated with distinct challenges for healthcare practitioners since there are noticeable gaps in clinical knowledge of neurobiology, epidemiology, comorbid conditions, adherence, and other aspects of successful treatment. Further, the cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of damaging health consequences such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke. As a result, healthcare providers must be made more aware of these disorders with the end goal of improving patient care.
All healthcare providers managing sleep disorders must have an acute knowledge of how to recognize, diagnose and manage sleep problems due to their tendency toward chronicity and the association of sleep disorders with increased morbidity and poorer outcomes. Despite numerous obstacles to diagnosis and treatment, physicians need to take the time to discuss sleep habits with their patients and include comprehensive assessments in patient histories. The purpose of this sleep program is to provide clinicians with relevant information in several areas of sleep disorders, including (1) the neurobiology of sleep disorders, particularly in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment; (2) comorbid conditions associated with sleep disorders; and (3) the importance of individualized treatment plans and collaboration with other providers. By tackling these areas of need, healthcare providers can positively affect the lives of their patients through timely recognition and management of sleep disorders.
RELEASE DATE: 6/27/2013
EXPIRATION DATE: 6/26/2014
After completion of this activity, participant should be able to:
- Review the neurobiology of sleep disorders in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep disorders
- Identify comorbid conditions associated with sleep disorders in order to improve treatment of patients
- Develop individualized treatment plans for patients with sleep disorders by improving collaboration with other sleep professionals
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, other healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat patients with sleep disorders.
Sanford H. Auerbach, MD
Associate Professor Department of Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Sleep Disorders Center
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MAKarl Doghramji, MD
Professor, of Psychiatry, Neurology and Medicine
Medical Director, Jefferson Sleep Disorder Center
Program Director, Fellowship in Sleep Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PADavid Neubauer, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center
John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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Katherine Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP dist.
Professor and Chairperson, Department of Geriatrics
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Attending Physician, Family Medicine
Tenet Roxborough Memorial Hospital
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Sanford H. Auerbach, MD
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