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Francesco P. Cappuccio, Michelle A. Miller, and Steven W. Lockley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566594

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566594.001.0001

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Misdiagnosis of sleep disorders in adults and children: implications for clinical practice and epidemiology

Misdiagnosis of sleep disorders in adults and children: implications for clinical practice and epidemiology

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(p.300) Chapter 14 Misdiagnosis of sleep disorders in adults and children: implications for clinical practice and epidemiology
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Sleep, Health and Society
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G. Stores

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566594.003.0014

There is increasing concern about the apparently high rate of misdiagnosis of various clinical conditions despite the fact that they seem to be well taught in medical training. How much more likely are mistakes in the recognition and diagnosis of sleep disorders, given their neglect in both public and professional training? Because of this neglect, help must often be denied those many people who suffer sleep disturbance and its potentially serious consequences. This chapter illustrates the ways in which the various causes of insomnia, excessive sleepiness, and disturbed behaviour at night (parasomnias) can be misconstrued in people of all ages. It suggests guidelines for the avoidance of such mistakes which, clearly, have important implications for patient care, use of clinical services, and also epidemiological studies of the many sleep disorders now officially acknowledged.

Keywords:   diagnosis, mis-diagnosis, adverse effects, paediatrics, insomnia, parasomnia

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