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Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy
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Research Article

Sleep Medicine Knowledge among Medical Students in Seven Egyptian Medical Faculties

Nevin FW Zaki1*, Rana Marzouk2, Osman I3, Alamah HY4, Zaied WS5, Haggag A2, Hassan A6, Allam M7, Saadeldeen O8, Russell Rosenberg9, Heidy Reiny10 and Ahmed S BaHammam11,12
1Department of Psychiatry and Manager of Sleep Research Unit, Egypt
2Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
3Faculty of Medicine, Banha University, Banha, Egypt
4Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt
5Faculty of Medicine, Menofia University, Egypt
6Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
7Faculty of Medicine, Alkasr Elainy University, Egypt
8Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Egypt
9Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine, USA
10Fusion Sleep Atlanta Georgia, USA
11The University Sleep Disorders Center, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
12The Strategic Technologies Program of the National Plan for Sciences and Technology and Innovation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author : Nevin FW Zaki
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Mansoura University, Gomhoria Street, Elmansoura, Egypt
Tel: 002-01283339789
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 26, 2016; Accepted date: March 18, 2016; Published date: March 25, 2016
Citation: Zaki NWF, Marzouk R, Osman I, Alamah HY, Zaied WS, et al. (2016) Sleep Medicine Knowledge among Medical Students in Seven Egyptian Medical Faculties. J Sleep Disord Ther 5:239. doi:10.4172/2167-0277.1000239
Copyright: © 2016 Zaki NFW, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Introduction: Egyptian medical education system awards students the bachelor degree of medicine after six academic years and a rotating house-officer year. There are no structured sleep educative programs in Egypt.

Aim of work: This study aimed to assess the knowledge of Egyptian final year medical students and houseofficers about normal sleep and sleep disorders.

Subjects and methods: Medical schools distributed throughout Egypt were surveyed asking sixth year medical students (males and females) and house-officers to participate. Seven faculties of medicine were selected. To screen for knowledge on normal sleep and sleep disorders, the Assessment of Sleep Knowledge in Medical Education Survey was used; the participants were classified to low scorers versus high scorers depending upon their ability to answer 60% of the questions correctly. The participants were separated into comparative groups (males vs. females). 6th year students vs. house officers and according to their faculty location.

Results: A total of 726 participants completed the survey (52.8% males, 78.9% were 6th year medical students and 21.1% were house-officers). There was a statistically significant difference in the scores of the participants with regard to their Faculty location and gender, while no statistically significant difference was found with regards to the study year.

Conclusion and recommendation:Medical students in the screened Egyptian faculties possess poor
knowledge about sleep medicine, which reflects the deficient educative processes in this field of medicine. Medical faculties should provide better sleep medicine education through a formal sleep medicine degree-awarding program.


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