Training, knowledge, attitudes and practices of Canadian health care providers regarding sleep and sleep disorders in children.
|Title||Training, knowledge, attitudes and practices of Canadian health care providers regarding sleep and sleep disorders in children.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Gruber R, Constantin E, Frappier JYves, Brouillette RT, Wise MS|
|Journal||Paediatr Child Health|
|Date Published||2017 Sep|
Background: Sleep disorders are prevalent in children and are associated with significant comorbidity.Objective: To assess the training, knowledge, attitudes and practices of Canadian health care providers (HCPs) regarding sleep disorders in children.Method: A 42-item survey, designed to collect information on frequency of paediatric sleep disorders-related screening and diagnosis, implementation of evidence-based interventions and related knowledge base, was completed by HCPs.Results: Ninety-seven HCPs completed the survey. One per cent obtained training in paediatric sleep during undergraduate training and 3% obtained such training during their residencies, yet 34.9% estimated that 25 to 50% of their patients suffered from sleep disorders. Most HCPs thought that sleep disorders significantly impacted children's health and daytime function. Most HCPs screened for developmental sleep issues, but not consistently for sleep disorders. Most recommended evidence-based behavioural interventions for behavioural sleep disorders, but some also reported behavioural interventions that were not first-line or recommended. Inadequate knowledge regarding melatonin use was evident. Most participants reported rarely/never ordering a sleep study for a child with suspected obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most were familiar with surgical and weight loss management options for OSA; many were unfamiliar with benefits of continuous positive airway pressure. Participants' knowledge scores were highest on developmental and behavioural aspects of sleep, and lowest on sleep disorders.Conclusions: HCPs exhibit significant gaps in their knowledge, screening, evaluation and treatment practices for paediatric sleep disorders. Training at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, as well as Continuing Medical Education are needed to optimize recognition, treatment and follow-up of paediatric sleep disorders.
|Alternate Journal||Paediatr Child Health|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC5804574|