Multidisciplinary sleep centers: Strategies to improve care of sleep disorders patients

Anita Valanju Shelgikar, Jeffrey S. Durmer, Karen E. Joynt, Eric J. Olson, Heidi Riney, Paul Valentine

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Current emphasis on patient outcomes within sleep medicine, with a particular focus on quality improvement and contained costs, calls for sleep specialists to develop innovative models for long-term care and management of sleep disorders patients. Multidisciplinary sleep centers can facilitate highest-quality care that is timely and cost-effective. Effective resource use in a multidisciplinary sleep center can help minimize fragmentation of care, reduce effort duplication, and control costs. Proposed strategies to help achieve a balance between quality of care and cost-effectiveness include: (1) multidisciplinary specialty clinics, (2) optimized use of information technology, and (3) adoption of reliable performance measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-697
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2014


  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Information technologies
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Outcomes
  • Performance measures
  • Sleep disorders


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