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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2011 Mar;18(3):107-111
Hospitalist organizational structures in the Baltimore-Washington area and outcomes: a descriptive study
Soong C, Welker J, Wright SM

Abstract: Objective: To review diagnostic and therapeutic considerations with regard to sleep disorders. Methods: Literature review. Results: Between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders annually. Sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of deleterious health consequences and impose an enormous public health burden. Patients who present with a sleep complaint can be divided into those with difficulty acquiring good quality sleep and those suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness. A sleep history is key to making the proper diagnosis. Conclusion: Untreated sleep disorders can negatively impact personal health and public health and safety. It is important for physicians to be aware of sleep problems and their appropriate evaluation and treatment.

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