Healthcare provider contact for children with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing: a population survey

Gudnadottir, G., Ehnhage, A., Bende, M., Andersson, M., Cervin, A., Cardell, L.O. and Hellgren, J. (2015) Healthcare provider contact for children with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing: a population survey. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 130 3: 296-301. doi:10.1017/S0022215115003370


Author Gudnadottir, G.
Ehnhage, A.
Bende, M.
Andersson, M.
Cervin, A.
Cardell, L.O.
Hellgren, J.
Title Healthcare provider contact for children with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing: a population survey
Journal name Journal of Laryngology and Otology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-5460
0022-2151
Publication date 2015-12-17
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0022215115003370
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 130
Issue 3
Start page 296
End page 301
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 2733 Otorhinolaryngology
Abstract Background: Symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing in children, such as frequent snoring, apnoea and choking, may lead to health problems if untreated. The caregiver's level of awareness of these symptoms has been poorly studied. This study aimed to study healthcare provider contact related to sleep-disordered breathing symptoms in a population of children aged 0-11 years. Methods: A total of 1320 children were randomly selected from a national database that included all children living in Sweden. Caregivers answered a questionnaire about sleep-disordered breathing symptoms during the last month and healthcare provider contact related to these symptoms. Results: A total of 754 answers were received. The prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing symptoms was 4.8 per cent. Of this subgroup, 69 per cent had not been in contact with a healthcare provider regarding their symptoms. Conclusion: This study shows that sleep-disordered breathing in children is underestimated and that there is a need to increase caregiver and healthcare provider awareness of sleep-disordered breathing in children.
Formatted abstract
Background: Symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing in children, such as frequent snoring, apnoea and choking, may lead to health problems if untreated. The caregiver's level of awareness of these symptoms has been poorly studied. This study aimed to study healthcare provider contact related to sleep-disordered breathing symptoms in a population of children aged 0–11 years.

Methods: A total of 1320 children were randomly selected from a national database that included all children living in Sweden. Caregivers answered a questionnaire about sleep-disordered breathing symptoms during the last month and healthcare provider contact related to these symptoms.

Results:
A total of 754 answers were received. The prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing symptoms was 4.8 per cent. Of this subgroup, 69 per cent had not been in contact with a healthcare provider regarding their symptoms.

Conclusion: This study shows that sleep-disordered breathing in children is underestimated and that there is a need to increase caregiver and healthcare provider awareness of sleep-disordered breathing in children.
Keyword Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Snoring
Self Report
Health Services Accessibility
Pediatrics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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