There are a number of ways to evaluate the relevance of sleep disorders medicine to the field of neurology. Three approaches are as follows: (1) the proportion of full-service sleep disorders centers in the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers that are organized in an academic/administrative entity of "neurology," (2) the proportion of patients seen at sleep disorders centers with diagnoses that fall within the province of neurology for diagnosis and management, and (3) important issues that neurologic research could resolve.
SLEEP DISORDERS CENTERS IN DEPARTMENTS OF NEUROLOGY
As of Oct 1,1983, the Association of Sleep Disorders Centers lists 55 fullservice sleep disorders centers as dues paying members. Within this group 22 (40%) are organized within the academic/administrative entity of neurology at medical schools or medical centers throughout the country. Six-teen are organized within psychiatry.Nine are organized within medicine, principally pulmonary medicine. The remaining eight function as "standalone" laboratories within
Merrill M. Mitler. Sleep Disorders MedicineHow Neurological?. Arch Neurol. 1985;42(6):601–602. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060060107019