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IAA Research: Newly Published Study – Effect of Inadequate Sleep on Clinician Performance

Haleh Saadat, MD, FAAP, Respiration and Sleep Medicine, May 2021

Appearing in the May 2021 issue of Anesthesia & Anagesia as the article of the month, Integrated Anesthesia Associates’ new study from Haleh Saadat, MD, FAAP and her team reviews and outlines the significance of

  • Sleep physiology
  • The effects of sleep disturbances
  • SD in clinicians
  • Individual differences in PSD vulnerability
  • Cognitive tasks and SD
  • Coping strategy indicator
  • and countermeasures

View the full study in the .pdf below where Dr. Saadat also draws important conclusions as they relate to the physical and mental well-being of resident physicians, attending physicians, and patients.

“The negative impacts of sleep deprivation and fatigue have long been recognized. Numerous studies have documented the ill effects of impaired alertness associated with the disruption of increased morbidity and mortality, and an overall decrement in social, financial, and human productivity. 

While there are multiple studies on the impact of sleep deprivation and fatigue in resident physicians, far fewer have examined the effects on attending physicians, and only a handful addresses the accumulated effects of chronic sleep disturbances on acute sleep loss during a night call-shift.

Moreover, the rapid and unprecedented spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic significantly increased the level of anxiety and stress on the physical, psychological, and the economic well-being of the entire world, with heightened effect on frontline clinicians.

Additional studies are necessary to evaluate the emotional and physical toll of the pandemic in clinicians, and its impact on sleep health, general well-being, and performance.  (Anesth Analg 2021;132:1338-43)”

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IAA Research: Newly Published Study – Effect of Inadequate Sleep on Clinician Performance