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Revised European guidelines for the accreditation of sleep medicine centres
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The accreditation of sleep centres aims to ensure high-quality diagnosis and management of sleep centres. European accreditation standards were introduced in 2006, and were aimed at centres offering inpatient polysomnography and vigilance tests (Mean Sleep Latency Test and Maintenance of Wakefulness Test). Since then, the practice of sleep medicine has evolved, with greater use of ambulatory polysomnography and polygraphy. As a result, in many sleep centres, actual clinical practice, although of a high standard, is no longer in accordance with the published guidelines. The current criteria have been revised with the introduction of level-based criteria. Level 1 and 2 centres offer full diagnostic testing in a laboratory-based setting. Level 1 practices will usually be university affiliated, and have a full teaching and active research role. Level 3 and 4 practices may offer both inpatient and ambulatory testing. Level 3 practices perform polysomnography, while level 4 practices (usually monodisciplinary and focussed on sleep apnea) perform polygraphy only. The role of the medical and paramedical team, training, appropriate equipment, patient care pathways and patient management according to national/European recommendations is underlined for accreditation at each level. It is anticipated that the guidelines will be reviewed and if necessary revised after 4 years.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of sleep research. - Oxford
Publication
Hoboken : Wiley , 2024
ISSN
0962-1105
DOI
10.1111/JSR.14200
Volume/pages
(2024) , p. 1-9
ISI
001190827200001
Pubmed ID
38531656
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Creation 02.05.2024
Last edited 09.05.2024
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