Development of guidelines for sleep disorder screening and management

There is increasing evidence that sleep disturbance, depression risk and premature mortality are intrinsically linked.  While sleep is commonly discussed in cardiac rehabilitation programs, there are no evidence-based guidelines for how and when to screen for sleep disorders in cardiac patients, and how to manage these issues in the cardiac rehabilitation setting.

This project involves the development of guidelines for sleep disorder screening and management in cardiac patients. There are a number of steps involved in this project.

First, we are undertaking three systematic reviews to inform the project. The first review will investigate sleep disorder screening and the impact of screening on the reduction of cardiac risk. The second will investigate sleep disorder treatments and outcomes for cardiac patients. The third will review existing cardiac management guidelines to identify whether sleep screening and sleep disorder management guidelines are present.

Second, we will develop evidence-informed guidelines for sleep disorder screening and management in cardiac patients.  This step will be informed by the three literature reviews.

Funding: Australian Centre for Heart Health