Quality measures for the care of patients with narcolepsy

J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Mar 15;11(3):335. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.4554.


The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) commissioned a Workgroup to develop quality measures for the care of patients with narcolepsy. Following a comprehensive literature search, 306 publications were found addressing quality care or measures. Strength of association was graded between proposed process measures and desired outcomes. Following the AASM process for quality measure development, we identified three outcomes (including one outcome measure) and seven process measures. The first desired outcome was to reduce excessive daytime sleepiness by employing two process measures: quantifying sleepiness and initiating treatment. The second outcome was to improve the accuracy of diagnosis by employing the two process measures: completing both a comprehensive sleep history and an objective sleep assessment. The third outcome was to reduce adverse events through three steps: ensuring treatment follow-up, documenting medical comorbidities, and documenting safety measures counseling. All narcolepsy measures described in this report were developed by the Narcolepsy Quality Measures Work-group and approved by the AASM Quality Measures Task Force and the AASM Board of Directors. The AASM recommends the use of these measures as part of quality improvement programs that will enhance the ability to improve care for patients with narcolepsy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Narcolepsy / complications
  • Narcolepsy / diagnosis
  • Narcolepsy / therapy*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Sleep Medicine Specialty / standards
  • Treatment Outcome