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date: 04 March 2021

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Because many childhood sleep disturbances can be effectively treated by behavioral sleep medicine providers, understanding when and how to refer children for such services is essential to assist families in obtaining the right treatment. A stepped care model of service delivery is an appropriate model, particularly given the high prevalence of behavioral sleep disturbance in childhood and the limited number of trained pediatric behavioral sleep medicine providers. Securing appropriate referrals requires understanding physicians’ educational needs with regard to assessment for sleep disturbances and referrals to behavioral sleep medicine providers. The goal of the field of pediatric behavioral sleep medicine, then, is to determine which patients are in greatest need of referrals, match interventions accordingly, and effectively communicate this to physician referral sources.

Keywords: patient referrals, manualized interventions, stepped care, physician education, tailored interventions

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