Ever wanted to unpack your sleep study results after the fact, but didn’t know how to get a copy of your records or who to ask for help?
The US Department of Health and Human Services recently released the new Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records, an online resource for individuals, patients, and caregivers.
By following instructions found in this guide, you can learn how to access important medical records. This, of course, includes the results of your sleep study.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR SLEEP STUDY RESULTS
Many patients who have sleep studies receive the results in a face-to-face consultation with their sleep specialists. Often, they don’t receive a paper copy of this important and information-rich record. Sometimes, key data measures, which help form the doctor’s opinion, may go unexplained or are forgotten during that short meeting.
Some patients would like to know more about how to understand these results. For those who want to break this information down independently, it’s best to start with the original document showing their sleep study results.
Understanding your sleep study findings can be difficult, if not downright confusing. There are numerous abbreviations and medical terms that you may not understand.
HOW SLEEPYHEAD CENTRAL CAN HELP
If you have a good relationship with your sleep specialist, you may be able to set up another appointment to go over the findings of your tests. However, they may be pretty busy (all doctors are, these days) and it may be a while before you can get such a consult. SHC understands your need, however, and plans to craft its own Guide to Sleep Study Results in the near future.
In the meantime, if you have a question about a term, a statistic, or other piece of information from your own sleep study record, feel free to send the curator a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words SLEEP STUDY HELP in the subject line.
SHC curator Tamara Sellman is a board-certified clinical sleep health educator (CCSH) as well as a board-registered polysomnographic (sleep) technologist (RPSGT). Asking for her help to better understand sleep study results, including terminology and formulas found in the report, is within her professional scope of practice.