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Multidisciplinary Sleep Centers: Strategies to Improve Care of Sleep Disorders Patients

Anita Valanju Shelgikar, M.D., F.A.A.S.M.1; Jeffrey S. Durmer, M.D., Ph.D.2; Karen E. Joynt, M.D., M.P.H3; Eric J. Olson, M.D., F.A.A.S.M.4; Heidi Riney, M.D.2; Paul Valentine5
1Sleep Disorders Center, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; 2Fusion Health, Johns Creek, GA; 3Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; 4Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; 5KCP Advisory Group, Burlington, MA

Current emphasis on patient outcomes within sleep medicine, with a particular focus on quality improvement and contained costs, calls for sleep specialists to develop innovative models for long-term care and management of sleep disorders patients. Multidisciplinary sleep centers can facilitate highest-quality care that is timely and cost-effective. Effective resource use in a multidisciplinary sleep center can help minimize fragmentation of care, reduce effort duplication, and control costs. Proposed strategies to help achieve a balance between quality of care and cost-effectiveness include: (1) multidisciplinary specialty clinics, (2) optimized use of information technology, and (3) adoption of reliable performance measures.


Shelgikar AV, Durmer JS, Joynt KE, Olson EJ, Riney H, Valentine P. Multidisciplinary sleep centers: strategies to improve care of sleep disorders patients. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(6):693-697.

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