American pediatricians want to help their patients with sleep problems, but a new study finds that few have the proper knowledge and training to do so. According to a national random survey of primary care pediatricians, only about 18 percent had ever received any formal training on sleep disorders and less than 20 percent answered more than half of eight basic questions about sleep issues correctly.
"Knowledge is lacking," said study researcher Ramalinga Reddy, a doctor at the Children's Pulmonary/Sleep Center at the Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Few medical schools and residency programs provide training in pediatric sleep problems, Reddy told LiveScience, despite the fact that 96 percent of pediatricians surveyed said they thought it was their duty to advise patients and families on sleep issues.
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