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Title: Sleep education in medical school curriculum: A glimpse across countries
Authors: Mindell, J.A.
Bartle, A.
Wahab, N.A.
Ahn, Y.
Ramamurthy, M.B. 
Huong, H.T.D.
Kohyama, J.
Ruangdaraganon, N.
Sekartini, R.
Teng, A.
Goh, D.Y.T. 
Keywords: Education
Medical education
Medical school
Physician education
Sleep disorders
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Citation: Mindell, J.A., Bartle, A., Wahab, N.A., Ahn, Y., Ramamurthy, M.B., Huong, H.T.D., Kohyama, J., Ruangdaraganon, N., Sekartini, R., Teng, A., Goh, D.Y.T. (2011-10). Sleep education in medical school curriculum: A glimpse across countries. Sleep Medicine 12 (9) : 928-931. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of education about sleep and sleep disorders in medical school education and to identify barriers to providing such education. Methods: Surveys were sent to 409 medical schools across 12 countries (Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States, Canada and Viet Nam). Results: Overall, the response rate was 25.9%, ranging from 0% in some countries (India) to 100% in other countries (New Zealand and Singapore). Overall, the average amount of time spent on sleep education is just under 2.5. h, with 27% responding that their medical school provides no sleep education. Three countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Viet Nam) provide no education, and only Australia and the United States/Canada provide more than 3 h of education. Paediatric topics were covered for a mere 17 min compared to over 2 h on adult-related topics. Conclusion: These results suggest that there continues to be very limited coverage of sleep in medical school education despite an incredible increase in acknowledgement of the importance of sleep and need for recognition of sleep disorders by physicians. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Sleep Medicine
ISSN: 13899457
DOI: 10.1016/j.sleep.2011.07.001
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