PURPOSE: Sleep is an essential component of person’s well being. Among health care workers due to extended work hour, it is very common to have significant sleep deprivation resulting in safety issues as well as health consequences for the health care providers.
METHODS: After approval from the ERB 350 physicians from public and private sector hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan filled out Pittsburgh sleep quality index questionnaire (PSQI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), and Stanford Sleepiness Scale (SSS).
RESULTS: 334 physicians who completely filled out the questionnaires were included in the final analysis. 40.5% were males. Mean age was 30.4 (+/- 9.1) years. 36.8% of physicians were classified as “Poor Sleepers” (Global PSQI scores >5). Among female, the prevalence of poor sleepers were 42% as compared to 29% among male physicians. Abnormal ESS >=10 was observed among 35% of poor sleepers when compared to normal sleepers.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicated a significant poor sleep quality among Pakistani physicians. This can have serious safety concerns for both physicians and patients.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Efforts must be directed towards adequate sleep hygiene as well as work hour limitations need to be considered.
DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Asif Surani, Hareem Fatima, Muniba Firoz, Ammara Salam, Arif Surani, Beenish Zulfiqar, Salim Surani
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