CME Outfitters Presents Shift Work Disorder Needs Assessment Findings at Sleep Health & Safety 2013

Bethesda, Maryland (PRWEB) April 15, 2013

CME Outfitters (CMEO), a leading accredited provider in continuing medical education, today shares needs assessment data from its shift work disorder educational activity. CME Outfitters Medical Program Director, Monique Johnson, , MD, CCMEP and Thomas Roth, PhD, from the University of Michigan/Henry Ford Health System in Detroit Michigan, presented a poster with the findings at the National Sleep Foundation Meeting Sleep Health & Safety 2013, March 1st and 2nd in Washington, DC.

It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Roth on this important project. We are excited about these practice pattern findings and look forward to what ongoing collection and analysis of outcomes data will tell us about the impact of the educational activity we designed and implemented to improve PCP clinical management of shift work disorder, said Monique Johnson, MD, CCMEP.

The poster entitled, Clinical Practice Assessment of Primary Care Practices in the Detection and Management of Shift Work Disorder: Laying the Groundwork for Delivering CME and Measuring Educational Outcomes, reported findings of the educational gaps and practice patterns assessments among primary care providers (PCPs) regarding shift work disorder (SWD). A key summary finding of the study was that while most respondents felt that SWD was within their scope of practice, few were familiar with SWD treatment guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). As a result, many participants underused the diagnostic and treatment strategies recommended in the guidelines. Specifically, both sleep diaries and actigraphy were used at suboptimal frequencies to evaluate for SWD; in addition, non-pharmacologic strategies were used at low rates in most patients. Pharmacotherapeutic approaches with alerting agents were used at higher rates, more consistent with guideline recommendations. This study confirmed that increased implementation of the AASM guidelines for SWD by PCPs is needed and that CME professionals need to develop activities that support this goal. These data and additional insights and information about the management of shift work disorder are available in the certified neuroscienceCME CME Snack entitled Work and Wakefulness: Promoting Guideline-Based Care for Shift Work Disorder available at

The CME activity that informed the poster data sets was a chart review entitled, Falling Asleep on the Job: A Chart Review on Managing Shift Work Disorder. This activity was independently supported by a grant from Teva, Inc. In addition to Dr. Johnson and Dr. Roth, other contributing authors at CME Outfitters are Sandra Haas Binford, MAEd, Joy Bartnett Leffler, MLA, NASW, CSE, and Sharon Tordoff, CCMEP.

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CME Outfitters develops and distributes live, recorded and web-based, outcomes- and evidence-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation and outcome services for non-accredited organizations. CME Outfitters focuses on delivering education to specialty audiences, with strong expertise in neuroscience, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease. For a complete list of certified activities and more information, visit or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

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