WESTCHESTER, Ill. Practice parameters published in the November 1 issue of the journal SLEEP are a guide to the appropriate assessment and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSDs). The standards will have a positive impact on professional behavior, patient outcomes and possibly health care costs.
The AASMs Standards of Practice Committee, who developed the practice parameters, commissioned content experts in CRSDs to review and grade evidence in the peer-reviewed scientific literature regarding the assessment and treatment of CRSDs.
The following are highlights of recommendations for the evaluation and therapy of CRSDs:
Standards (generally accepted patient-care strategies that reflects a high degree of clinical certainty):
Guidelines (patient-care strategies that reflects a moderate degree of clinical certainty):
Options (patient-care strategies that which reflect uncertain clinical use):
The expanding science of circadian rhythm biology and a growing literature in human clinical research on CRSDs prompted the AASM to convene a task force of experts to write a review of this important topic, said Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., one of the committee members. These practice parameters reflect the state of knowledge at the time of development and will be reviewed, updated and revised as new information becomes available.
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