AAHS Access to Care Survey Results show the need for increased access to sleep care and resources
The AAHS's Access to Information...Access to Care awareness campaign saught to raise awareness of sleep disorders, highlight the importance of being informed about sleep care, and promoting sleep health through a proactive and open relationship with your health provider. This campaign included a survey to gather information on individuals' access to sleep care, sleep health resources, and general healthcare issues.
The survey found that almost half of respondents had never been asked about their sleep during consultations or physical exams with their primary physician, and that more than half weren't aware of whether or not insurance covers sleep-related services, such as sleep testing or treatments. A large majority of individuals indicated that cost affects their decision to seek medical care, including both individuals who currently have health insurance and those that do not.
The results of the survey underscore the need for expanded sleep education for providers, additional programs that cover the cost of sleep services, increased awareness for sleep disorders and the availability of sleep services in local communities, and additional research into alternative therapies.
204 individuals answered all general survey questions, which included individuals diagnosed with a sleep disorder, medical providers and other members of the public.
Access an EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of the AAHS Access to Care Survey Results for more information.
AAHS Members can access a full report on their member profile in the File Archive (Member Resources).