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Behavior, Attitude and Knowledge of Sleep Medicine among Resident Doctors in University Hospitals of Central India: A Questionnaire Based Study

Sushant H. Meshram, Chetna S. Meshram, Gyan S. Mishra, Rajey Bharshankar

Keywords : Attitudes, Behavior, Knowledge, Sleep Medicine, Doctors, Sleep Survey.

Citation Information : Meshram SH, Meshram CS, Mishra GS, Bharshankar R. Behavior, Attitude and Knowledge of Sleep Medicine among Resident Doctors in University Hospitals of Central India: A Questionnaire Based Study. Indian Sleep Med 2007; 2 (4):139-144.

DOI: 10.5005/ijsm-2-4-139

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-10-2007

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Purpose: Due to lack of awareness and knowledge among the physicians sleep disorders are under diagnosed causing high morbidity. We aimed to assess the behavior, attitude and knowledge of sleep medicine among resident doctors. Methods: Questionnaire based study: Med Sleep Survey questionnaires were distributed among 300 resident and intern doctors of University Hospital of Central India. Out of which 278 agreed to respond. Questionnaire consist of 10 questions assessing behavior and attitude each, also 30 questions assessing basic sleep knowledge. Data analysis was done by using Statistical Software Analyze it. Software Ltd. Version 2.03, 2007. The distribution of score for attitude and knowledge, t-test and one-way ANOVA were applied to mean values. Spearman\'s correlation was applied for determination of correlation between attitude & knowledge. Results: Out of 300 subjects, 278 responded. 57.55% of respondents have 6 to 7.5 hours of sleep. 37.77% needed more than three cups of caffeinated products per day to maintain alertness (5.03% needed more than 6 cups per day). 9.35% often get trouble to sleep or stay asleep. 15.11% often fall asleep in class while studying. 6.12% get drowsy while driving. 58.63% agreed having interest in sleep medicine. 62.94% agreed to have sleep medicine in curriculum. 53.23% agreed to enroll in sleep medicine courses if available. Mean and mode scores of basic sleep knowledge were 12.51 ± 5.08 and 15 respectively. There was no correlation between attitude & knowledge among respondents (Resident– P=0.0858; Interns– P=0.8032; Interns plus residents – P = 0.3175) Conclusion: Sleep behavior was accepted by majority of responders. Others were having responses suggestive of sleep disorders. Most of the responders have positive attitude to learn. The level of basic sleep knowledge implies that there is intense need to include sleep medicine in curriculum.

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