Purpose

The mission of the National Sleep Foundation’s CME program is to educate physicians in the clinical and basic sciences of sleep health and sleep medicine.

Content Areas

The NSF CME content areas include the identification of risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions and treatments for sleep disorders and problems. It will also include concepts and principles of sleep hygiene for healthy sleep.

Target Audience

The target audience includes the broad spectrum of primary care physicians. Some CME activities may focus more specifically on practicing clinicians with a medical specialty focus such as OB/GYNs, sleep medicine specialists, or pediatricians, as well as other healthcare professionals and specialists.

Type of Activities

NSF CME activities will be delivered in various formats tailored for the target audience. Such types may include live lectures, journal CME and enduring materials (e.g., internet CME, etc.).

Expected Results

Overall, the NSF aims to empower physicians in their ability to successfully incorporate what they have learned from having participated in NSF CME activities into their routine practice management processes.

Specifically, NSF expects to see physicians incorporating sleep health into routine medical practice, health maintenance, and being better able to recognize risk factors and symptoms of sleep disorders and sleep-related problems, properly diagnose sleep conditions, and treat and manage their patients with sleep disorders. Physicians would also be able to effectively counsel patients about their sleep problems and provide them with positive reinforcements about activities that promote healthy sleep practices.

Sleep problems play a significant role in numerous medical disorders and relate to almost every field of medicine. Despite the high prevalence of sleep disorders, the overwhelming majority of sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated, creating unwarranted public health burdens, safety problems, and increased health care utilization. As an example, according to the 2006 Institute of Medicine report, obstructive sleep apnea occurs in approximately 11 million men and women in the U.S., yet only 10 to 20 percent of these cases are being diagnosed and treated. NSF’s CME program aims to reduce the gap between those who suffer from sleep-related problems and untreated sleep disorders and those who receive correct diagnosis and effective treatment.