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J Laryngol Otol. 2016 Mar;130(3):296-301. doi: 10.1017/S0022215115003370. Epub 2015 Dec 17.

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

Author information

1
Department of Otorhinolaryngology,Institution for Clinical Sciences,Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University,Sahlgrenska University Hospital,Gothenburg,Sweden.
2
Department of Clinical Sciences,Intervention and Technology,Division Otorhinolaryngology,Karolinska Institutet,Sweden.
3
Department of Otorhinolaryngology,Central Hospital,Skövde,Sweden.
4
Department of Otorhinolaryngology,Head & Neck Surgery,Skåne University Hospital,Lund and Malmö,Sweden.
5
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital,School of Medicine,University of Queensland,Australia.
6
Division of ENT Diseases,Department of Clinical Sciences,Intervention and Technology,Karolinska Institutet,Huddinge,Sweden.

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.

KEYWORDS:

Health Services Accessibility; Pediatrics; Self Report; Sleep Apnea Syndromes; Snoring

PMID:
26672803
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215115003370
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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