Sleep Disorders in Primary Care
The proper office evaluation of a patient with a sleep disorder requires the ability to establish an appropriate clinical suspicion on the basis of the history and physical examination. Patients frequently suffer in silence owing to two primary factors: most physicians are inadequately trained to inquire about and recognize the variety of sleep disorders that might afflict a patient, and many patients are reluctant to volunteer information regarding the quality and quantity of their sleep because they are either not fully aware of the problem themselves or are uncertain that sleep-related problems are important (1–3). Overlooking sleep-related problems represents a missed opportunity to improve a patient’s quality of life and to modify the morbidity and mortality associated with certain specific disorders.
KeywordsObstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorder Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
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