AASM Clinical Practice Guidelines provide physicians with recommendations for the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with sleep disorders.
The AASM Guidelines Advisory Panel reviews and prioritizes suggested topics for clinical practice guidelines to identify those most suited for further pursuit. The AASM Board of Directors approves topics for development, then invites experts in sleep and circadian science research and sleep medicine to develop the guideline.
The task force performs a systematic review of all published evidence on the topic, and then assesses the evidence using GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation). Evidence-based clinical practice recommendations are developed to provide overall diagnostic or treatment strategies for patients, taking into account the quality of evidence, balance of benefits versus harms, patient values and preferences and resource use.
A draft of the guideline will be made available for a 4-week public comment period before it is approved by the AASM Board of Directors for publication.