The Practice of Sleep Medicine Around The World: Challenges, Knowledge Gaps and Unique Needs

Practice of Sleep Medicine in Lithuania

Author(s): Evelina Pajėdienė*, Dalia Matačiūnienė and Eglė Sakalauskaitė-Juodeikienė

Pp: 374-389 (16)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815049367123010030

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Lithuania is a small country with a relatively short (31 year) history of independence in the modern era. Complicated history and geopolitical situation determined gaps in many socioeconomic spheres compared to other western European countries 30 years ago. Nevertheless, the country's ambitious goals and direction towards democratic values resulted in high recent socioeconomic ratings and acknowledgment among other European Union, NATO and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development members. The chapter presents short Lithuania’s geopolitical and healthcare system data, the current practice of sleep medicine, the practitioners involved, the availability of diagnostic tools and medications to treat common sleep disorders. It discusses challenges to the practice of sleep medicine: patient access to care, resource limitations and financial hardships, clinical and research knowledge gaps.

Keywords: Driving regulation, Insomnia, Lithuania, Research, Sleep apnea, Sleep disorders, Sleep medicine.

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