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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

Sleep Apnea, Sleepiness, and Driving Risk

Description of Resource: 
This resource discusses the nuances of sleep apnea as a medical condition, and the driving risks that present for those with sleep apnea and associated sleepiness. It discusses the circumstantial legal obligations and responsibilities of physicians in reporting patients with sleep apnea to licensing authorities. It concludes with recommendations related to education on the health effects of sleep, drivers with sleep apnea and their risks, assessing risk, and the duties of licensing authorities.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
American Thoracic Society
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Sleep Health
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
American Thoracic Society. Sleep Apnea, Sleepiness, and Driving Risk. Am J Respir Crit Care Med [Internet]. 1994 Jun [cited 2013 Jan 22];150:1463–1473. Available from: