Seeing the whole elephant – A practical guide to assessment tools in sleep medicine

Wednesday 17 October, 0900-1645

This course is aimed at sleep clinicians (physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other allied health professionals), scientists, and trainees involved in the assessment, screening and treatment of sleep disorders. This workshop will present the advantages and pitfalls of the most common assessment tools used in paediatric and adult sleep medicine.Through an interactive workshop, participants will be provided with a practical guide to help determine which tool is most appropriate for specific clinical presentations and how to interpret the data gathered from these tools. In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of how to critically evaluate the rapidly expanding field of measurement devices and tools available to them. Through panel discussions, interactive lectures, case studies, and queries, this course will explore common assessment issues and clinical and research applications.

Learning objectives include:

  1. To describe the utility and validity of using questionnaires to assess and screen for non-respiratory sleep disorders
  2. To demonstrate the function and limitations of movement based devices in assessing sleep disorders
  3. To understand the feasibility and clinical utility of home-based assessment tools for screening and diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  4. To develop appropriate treatment plans based on interpretation of the data gathered from the tools described above

Seeing the whole elephant - A practical guide to assessment tools in sleep medicine

0900-0910 Welcome and introduction Sarah Biggs
0910-0925 Overview of common questionnaires used to assess sleep disorders in children Lisa Meltzer
0925-0950 Case study workshop – interpretation of sleep problems and treatment/further assessment pathways based on questionnaire data in paediatric patients Lisa Meltzer
0950-1005 Overview of common questionnaires used to assess problems initiating and maintaining sleep in adults Delwyn Bartlett
1005-1030 Case study workshop – interpretation of sleep problems and treatment/further assessment pathways based on questionnaire data in adult patients Delwyn Bartlett
1030-1100 MORNING TEA  
1100-1115 Overview of accelerometer devices: Who, how and why Lisa Meltzer
1115-1125 Use of accelerometer devices in paediatric sleep medicine Lisa Meltzer
1125-1150 Case study workshop – interpretation and development of potential treatment/further assessment based on accelerometer data in paediatric patients Lisa Meltzer
1150-1200 Use of accelerometer devices in adult sleep medicine Denise O’Driscoll
1200-1230 Case study workshop – interpretation and development of potential treatment/further assessment based on accelerometer data in adult patients Denise O’Driscoll
1230-1330 LUNCH  
1330-1350 Overview of the use of oximetry to assess sleep disordered breathing in children Gillian Nixon
1350-1415 Case study workshop – interpretation and development of potential treatment/further assessment plan based on oximetry data in paediatric patients Gillian Nixon
1415-1435 Overview of the use of screening questionnaires and ambulatory PSG to assess obstructive sleep apnoea in adult patients Ching Li Chai-Coetzer
1435-1500 Case study workshop – interpretation and development of potential treatment/further assessment plan based on ambulatory sleep study data in adult patients Ching Li Chai-Coetzer
1500-1530 AFTERNOON TEA  
1530-1630 Panel Discussion  All Speakers
1630-1645 Closing remarks  

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