DARIEN, Ill., Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A survey conducted by the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS)
Forty-eight percent of respondents indicated that their primary care physician has never asked questions about sleep during consultations or physical exams. Furthermore, 78 percent of respondents reported that cost affects their decision to seek medical care. More than half of respondents - 54 percent - were unaware of whether sleep services are covered by their insurance.
"Millions of people in the U.S. have a sleep disorder that impairs their health, well-being, safety and performance," said AAHS Chair Patti Van Landingham, who has been living with narcolepsy for decades. "It is critical for people who have a sleep disorder to receive accurate health information, and they need convenient access to affordable, patient-centered medical care from knowledgeable health care professionals who understand the importance of healthy sleep."
AAHS conducted the survey as part of its "Access to Information…Access to Care" awareness campaign, seeking to establish how the AAHS may improve access to care for patients with sleep disorders. The 20-question, online survey was completed in September and October by patients and health care professionals in the sleep field.
Responses were gathered from 289 participants, including 204 who answered all general survey questions. Sixty-six percent of respondents were female, and 43 percent of respondents indicated that they have a diagnosed sleep disorder. Seventeen percent of those who have a sleep disorder reported that they are unable to afford their medication or therapy.
Regarding access to sleep health information, 75 percent of respondents indicated that they have actively searched for sleep health information in the past. However, 59 percent reported that additional resources are needed pertaining to sleep or sleep health, including more educational resources on sleep topics and improved sleep education for medical professionals.
Based on the survey results, the AAHS identified the following issues that must be addressed to improve access to sleep care:
An executive summary of the survey findings is publicly available on the AAHS website at sleepallies.org, and a full report is available online for AAHS members.
To request a full report of the survey findings, or to schedule an interview with an AAHS spokesperson, please contact Corinne Lederhouse at email@example.com or 630-737-9700.
About the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS) Founded in 2017, the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep (AAHS) improves the lives of patients with sleep disorders. The AAHS engages policymakers and the public to enhance the understanding of and care for all sleep disorders, provides support for patients with sleep disorders, and promotes healthy sleep (http://sleepallies.org/).
SOURCE American Alliance for Healthy Sleep
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