Why is this important?
Sleep is foundational to many of the problems that are managed in a primary care setting and poor sleep impairs child functioning at all ages. In our Care Network, sleep was captured inconsistently, and sleep issues were not being sufficiently captured. In addition, parent focused sleep education was minimal and not standardized across the patient population.
We developed an automated, age-specific electronic screener that was available to parents to complete ahead of the visit or while in the waiting room. An automated summary of the results appear in the physician’s note and parent education is readily accessible for providers.
What we learned
Since implementation across the Network, over one hundred thousand sleep screeners have been completed annually. The sleep screener has also contributed to an increase in provider awareness of sleep issues in their patient population and has helped identify patients that need additional sleep related interventions.