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Survey of undergraduate sleep medicine teaching in UK medical schools
  1. D S Urquhart1,2,
  2. J A Orme1,
  3. S Suresh2
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Mater Children's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr D S Urquhart, Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh EH9 ILF, UK; donurquhart72{at}

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A 1993 survey1 found that, on average, only 2 h was devoted to undergraduate teaching of sleep medicine and that 7% of medical schools undertook no sleep medicine teaching whatsoever. Since the time of publication of this survey, numerous articles have highlighted the effects of sleep-disordered breathing on human disease as well as child development. Examples include the reporting of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) as an independent risk factor for adult hypertension2 3 as …

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