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Section Home Evidence Comorbity Self Assessment

Assessing comorbidity

Measuring severity

Defining the sleep problem

Shared understanding and decision making

Assessment of sleep begins with a comprehensive assessment of comorbidity, sleep quality, sleep patterns. Sleep quality can be measured subjectively using sleep assessment tools. Sleep assessment is essential for:

Assessing medical, psychiatric or other comorbid conditions

Measuring the severity of insomnia

Defining the nature of sleep problem in more detail

Developing a shared understanding between patient and clinician of the problems and fostering shared decision making about the treatment


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