PURPOSE: Due to lack of awareness and knowledge among the physicians sleep disorders are underdiagnosed causing high morbidity. We aimed to assess the behaviour, attitude and knowledge of sleep medicine among resident doctors.
METHODS: Questionnaire based study; Med Sleep Survey questionnaires were distributed among 300 resident and intern doctors. Out of which 278 agreed to respond.Questionnaire consists of 10 questions assessing behaviour and attitude each, also 30 questions assessing basic sleep knowledge. Data analysis done by proportion, percentage, mean and mode methods.
RESULTS: Out of 300 subjects 278 responded. 57.55% of respondents have 6 to 7.5 hrs of sleep. 37.77% needed more than three cups of caffinated products per day to maintain alertness(5.03% needed more than 6 cups perday). 9.35% often get trouble to sleep or stay asleep. 15.11% often fall asleep in class or studying. 6.12 % get drowsy while driving.58.63% agreed having interest in sleep medicine. 62.94% agreed to have sleep medicine in curriculum. 53.23% agreed to enroll in sleep electives if available. Mean and Mode scores of basic sleep knowledge was 12.51+/- 5.08 and 15 respectively. Max and Min were 24 and 0 respectively.
CONCLUSION: Sleep behaviour was acceptable in majority of subjects.Others were having responses suggestive of sleep disorders. Most of the subjects have positive attitude to learn. The level of basic sleep knowledge implies that there is intense need to include sleep medicine in curriculum, allot sufficient teaching hours and should be evaluated at undergraduate level.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Having sound knowledge of sleep medicine among doctors would improve the diagnosis of sleep disorders leading to decrease related morbidity and mortality and raise the quality of life of the patients.
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