The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recently adopted the use of a public comment period in our guideline development process as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in their standards for systematic reviews1 and clinical practice guidelines.2
The AASM and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) are currently inviting public comment on draft guidelines for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliances. The public comment period is open for 14 days beginning Monday, February 9, 2015 and ending Monday, February 23, 2015. AASM members, AADSM members, nonmember healthcare professionals, patients, insurance and oral appliance companies, advocacy groups, professional medical societies, and other interested members of the public are invited to review the draft guidelines and submit their feedback during this open comment period.
The recommendations in this guideline are based on a systematic review of the scientific and clinical literature on the topic available during the time of development, taking into account the quality of the evidence and the harms/benefits associated with the recommendation. The recommendations in this manuscript are in draft form and are still subject to substantive changes by the time they are published in final form. They should not be copied, disseminated, or implemented until final publication.
All comments will be reviewed by the task force charged with developing this guideline. Revisions to the draft guideline are at the discretion of the task force but all submitted comments will be considered and responses internally documented before the guideline is submitted to the AASM and AADSM Board of Directors for approval for publication.
All reviewers are requested to complete a disclosure form.
Please submit your comments, completed disclosure form, and any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews. www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Finding-What-Works-in-Health-Care-Standards-for-Systematic-Reviews.aspx.Released March 23, 2011. Accessed February 23, 2014.
- Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust: Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs). www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Clinical-Practice-Guidelines-We-Can-Trust.aspx. Released March 23, 2011. Accessed February 23, 2014.