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Point: Should Board Certification Be Required for Sleep Test Interpretation? YesBoard Certification for Sleep Tests? Yes

Sam A. Fleishman, MD; Nancy A. Collop, MD, FCCP; Amy J. Aronsky, DO, FCCP; Kathleen M. McCann
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From the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Drs Fleishman, Collop, and Aronsky and Ms McCann); The Sleep Center (Dr Fleishman), Cape Fear Valley Health System; Emory University (Dr Collop); and Comprehensive Sleep Associates (Dr Aronsky).

Correspondence to: Sam A. Fleishman, MD, Cape Fear Valley Health System, Fayetteville, NC 28304; e-mail: safleishman@capfearvalley.com


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2013;144(1):9-11. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0362
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Currently there is debate regarding the qualifications required of physicians interpreting diagnostic tests. In sleep medicine, the issue of who can interpret polysomnograms (PSGs) and other sleep tests for sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has been hotly debated. In the following paragraphs we present evidence that supports the assertion that board-certified sleep medicine physicians (BCSMPs) possess the training and demonstrated competence in this medical specialty, which uniquely qualifies them to provide the most reliable interpretation of diagnostic tests for sleep disorders and to establish an effective and longitudinal disease management plan for the patient.

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