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Sleep Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Sleep Disorders Evaluation include?
A sleep evaluation includes a detailed interview and medical assessment by a Board Certified Sleep Specialist to evaluate your symptoms and diagnose your sleep disorder. A personalized treatment plan in then prepared and discussed with each patient.

Will I need an overnight study to diagnose my disorder?
While many sleep disorders require the data collected during a sleep study to diagnose and aid in the development of a treatment plan, some disorders do not. If an overnight study is necessary, it will be performed at the Sleep Center on a date that is convenient for you. It usually begins between 8:00 pm and ends by 5:30 am.

Who performs the sleep test?
The test is performed with personal attention by a Sleep Technologist in private, hotel-like rooms which are furnished with pillow-top mattresses, upgraded linens, a comfortable chair and a flat-panel TV. There is a shower available for your use in the morning. All efforts are made to insure your privacy, comfort and safety.

Is a sleep study painful or invasive?
No, a sleep study is non-invasive and completely painless. Sensors are applied with paste or tape to the body's surface to monitor sleep patterns as well as heart, lung and brain functions.


Cough Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I seek an evaluation for a persistent cough?
A persistent cough can be caused by one or more medical problems. There is a possibility of the cough having an infectious etiology, creating a possibility of spreading the illness to others. The cough may also be an annoyance and/or it is adversely affecting one's quality of life.

What are the most common causes of chronic cough?
The most common causes of cough are gastroesophageal reflux, ACE inhibitor cough, post nasal drip and asthma.

Why does coughing never seem to get better, even after medical evaluation and treatment? 
Many studies have shown that the cause of cough is often multifactorial. Therefore, if only one cause is identified, then cough may be inadequately treated.


Research / Clinical Trials Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
People who participate in clinical trials receive access to the current standard of care, as well as the potential to be treated with an investigative therapy even before it becomes widely available. Other potential benefits include:

  • Enhanced monitoring of health status
  • Increased understanding of the disease and its treatment
  • Study medications at no or minimal cost to the patient
  • Compensation for time and travel

Can I participate?
Your participation may be determined by various factors, depending on the nature of the study. If you meet the criteria, you will be given an "Informed Consent Form" containing a detailed written description of the study, any risks involved and your rights as a participant.

Signing the consent form signifies your permission to be in the study. If you should have second thoughts about participating, or become uncomfortable during the study, you have the right to withdraw at any time without any penalty whatsoever.

What are my rights as a participant?
As a research participant, you are guaranteed certain rights to ensure that you are treated in an ethical and respectful manner. The list below gives you an idea of your basic rights.

As a research patient you have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect
  • Know the risks involved with the study
  • Know what alternatives are available
  • Withdraw from the study without penalty
  • Make a decision without feeling any pressure from the research staff
  • Know the purpose of the study
  • Know who will have access to your information
  • Know what procedures may be performed and what drugs may be used
  • Seek additional help or clarification at any time during the study

What are my responsibilities?
Research participants are expected to adhere to a general set of responsibilities which include:

  • Keep all scheduled appointments or call ahead if you are unable to keep the appointment
  • Follow directions of the researchers
  • To the best of your ability, provide accurate information about your past and present medical history if it is relevant to the study
  • Inform the research staff of any changes in your medications or of any adverse events you experience during the study
  • Ask the researchers to completely answer any questions to your satisfaction at any point during the study
  • Seek healthcare for any medical conditions unrelated to the study
  • Keep your contact information up to date