Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Quality Improvement Resources and Tools

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: ​Quality Improvement Resources & Tools

​Clinical Practice Guideline

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Published September 2012)

Patient/Family Resources

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in Children (Brochure) – Information for parents on causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment of OSA in children. 

Healthy Children: Childhood Sleep Disorders – Brief overview of the AAP guideline on obstructive sleep apnea, with additional information on a Healthy Children Radio program/recording featuring sleep disorders.

Provider Resources

The AAP “Blue Book” for Pediatric Pulmonology (Chapter 36) – Entire book available for purchase; among other things, this particular chapter covers diagnosis and management of sleep-disordered breathing.

Pediatric Pulmonology, Asthma, and Sleep Medicine: Quick Reference Guide (Chapter 98) – Entire book available for purchase; among other things, this particular chapter focuses on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) clinical features, diagnosis, and management. 

Implementation Tools

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Quality Improvement Metric – Measurable outcomes that are typically based on key action statements. This resource consists of inclusion/exclusion criteria, overall aim/goal, and descriptions of the numerators/denominators needed to calculate the metric.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Key Driver Diagram – This resource serves as a map or guide to quality improvement. Aims are usually identified with key drivers serving as the “what” you need to do and the secondary drivers or implementation tools/resources serving as the “how” you will achieve the desired change.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Management Flow Chart – A flow diagram designed to determine the action recommended based on associated signs and symptoms discussed during a well child visit.

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