What is included in patient education about narcolepsy?

Updated: Sep 04, 2019
  • Author: Sagarika Nallu, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Educate patients, parents, teachers, and other care providers concerning the symptoms, prognosis, and safety precautions. Advise patients of the increased risk of sleep-related driving accidents. Advise patients with narcolepsy about driving responsibilities.

As of March 1994, only 6 states in the United States (California, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Utah) had guidelines for narcoleptic drivers. In contrast, most Canadian provinces have guidelines, as does the United Kingdom, but whether such guidelines are effective in reducing traffic-related morbidity is unknown. [44]

For patient education information, see the Sleep Disorders Center, as well as Narcolepsy.


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