This meeting aims to explore how sleep disorders are common in primary care, typically underdiagnosed and often have simple and highly effective therapies. At least 25% of “tired all the time” patients have conditions such as undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnoea, sedative medications or insomnia disorder. Less common conditions like narcolepsy can go undiagnosed for years and yet have effective, often life-changing therapies. Many routine medications cause either insomnia or hypersomnia.
This practical overview of normal and abnormal sleep will help a busy GP pick out the different causes of young or old patients who are sleepy, sleepless or complain of things that go bump in the night. An accurate clinical history and some simple primary care screening tools may be all that is needed to diagnose and treat many sleep disorders.
For those needing a referral, we will cover which tests are done, how to support patients in secondary care clinics and how to get the best advice and guidance from your local sleep clinic.
Finishing with small groups and real-life cases will allow for interactive discussions for all participants. The quick-fire video quiz at the end has prizes for those who have avoided a power nap earlier in the day!
During this session, participants will be able to:
- Learn about the common sleep disorders as they present in primary care
- Understand an accurate initial history, and the simple assessments that can be carried out in general practice and liaison with secondary care sleep services.
- Learn about the causes and treatment of insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnia and circadian rhythm disorders -how to diagnose and treat in both children and adults
Can’t attend in person on the day? This event is available to watch on-demand for up to 60 days. Please register for the pre-recorded webinar here. The link to watch the webinar will be sent via email within a week of the live in-person event on Tuesday 15 November 2022 so that you can view it on-demand.
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