Sleep Health for Pediatric Providers

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The following credit is available for this course:

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (MD, DO, NP, PA) hours

(Note: a course evaluation is required to receive credit for this course.)

Judy Owens, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Boston Children’s Hospital

Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

This modular course provides an overview of sleep health for primary care pediatric providers working in clinical settings. The course addresses demonstrated provider knowledge gaps regarding pediatric sleep health, in order to inform clinical practice, improve screening for sleep problems, expand and enhance anticipatory guidance in sleep during well child visits, and identify challenges and opportunities in families relevant to promoting healthy sleep practices. While an important focus of the course is on addressing sleep health disparities in vulnerable populations, including families receiving care in community health centers, the scope and content is readily applicable to pediatric providers in other primary care settings.

The six modules in the course are: 1) Basics of Sleep; 2) Normal Sleep Development in Children (4-12 years old); 3) Healthy Sleep Practices; 4) Consequences of Deficient and Poor Sleep; 5) Sleep Health Disparities; and 6) Sleep Screening and Diagnostic Tools. The modules are designed to be viewed sequentially and emphasize practical evidence-based information relevant to the pediatric clinician in real world settings.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic components of sleep regulation (sleep drive and circadian system)
  2. List the key developmental changes in sleep across childhood (4-12 years old)
  3. Describe the clinical manifestations of daytime sleepiness in children
  4. Outline the components of the RESTED series of healthy sleep practices
  5. Describe the relationship between deficient sleep and health and functional outcomes. Including obesity risk, impaired immune function, accidental injuries, behavioral and emotional dysregulation and poor academic outcomes
  6. Outline the contributors to sleep health disparities in vulnerable pediatric populations
  7. List 3 methods of screening for sleep problems in the clinical setting

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children’s Hospital is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of_________AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.


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