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Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Sleep Problems: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Practices in a Group of Community Child Psychiatrists

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Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8134, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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Compass Health Network, University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine, 3 Hospital Plaza Dr., Columbia, MO 65212, USA
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Med. Sci. 2018, 6(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci6010018
Received: 4 January 2018 / Revised: 19 February 2018 / Accepted: 20 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Updates in Pediatric Sleep and Child Psychiatry)
As part of a university-based quality improvement project, we aimed to evaluate child psychiatrists’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practices regarding assessment and treatment of pediatric sleep problems. We developed a nine-question survey of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and practices regarding assessing for and treating sleep complaints in pediatric patients, and administered this survey to child psychiatrists in training and in practice in the state of Missouri. Respondents reported sleep hygiene as the first-line treatment strategy, followed by the use of supplements or over-the-counter remedies. The most common barriers to evidence-based assessment and treatment of sleep problems were the lack of ability to obtain reliable history, and parental preference for medications over behavioral approaches for sleep concerns. These results suggest potential opportunities for enhancing knowledge regarding validated assessment tools and non-pharmacological treatment options for sleep problems. Additional research is needed to further assess the quality and type of sleep education provided in child psychiatry training programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: child psychiatry; sleep problems; medical education child psychiatry; sleep problems; medical education
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Anwar, A.; Yingling, M.D.; Zhang, A.; Ramtekkar, U.; Nicol, G.E. Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Sleep Problems: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Practices in a Group of Community Child Psychiatrists. Med. Sci. 2018, 6, 18. https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci6010018

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Anwar A, Yingling MD, Zhang A, Ramtekkar U, Nicol GE. Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Sleep Problems: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Practices in a Group of Community Child Psychiatrists. Medical Sciences. 2018; 6(1):18. https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci6010018

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Anwar, Ali, Michael D. Yingling, Alicia Zhang, Ujjwal Ramtekkar, and Ginger E. Nicol 2018. "Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Sleep Problems: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Practices in a Group of Community Child Psychiatrists" Medical Sciences 6, no. 1: 18. https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci6010018

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