Finland 2017: Markku Partinen / Helsinki Sleep Clinic

Delegate: Markku Partinen

Affiliations: Helsinki Sleep Clinic, Helsinki, Finland

The whole health care system is to be changed in Finland. A new law is going to the Parliament this year and we should have a new law beginning 1.1.2019. Sleep and treatment of sleep disorders has been included in the top category of priorities of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Helsinki Sleep Clinic was given a task to produce train gins programs and education materiel for the health care personnel in whole Finland. Web-based training is in the core with new and modern methods. The aim is to have also “SLEEP” as a new title in the new structural, electric medical records form in the “KANTA”-service, which connects all activities in health and social care in Finland in the future. In this way sleep would be included as one to the obligatory elements in all contacts with physicians. Asking at least “how do you sleep” is a start if it happens on every visit.

The name of the project is “Uneton Suomessa” which is in English “Sleepless in Finland”. The name is derived from a popular Film, which had a happy ending. We are aiming for a happy ending also in this project.

Location: Finland

Date: Starting Feb-March 2017

Submitted by: Markku Partinen
Short Bio: Markku Partinen, MD, PhD, Prof, Research Director, Helsinki Sleep Clinic, and PI in Sleep Medicine, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Main areas of interest are sleep epidemiology, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnia and sleep and traffic related issues. Markku Partinen has more than 250 peer reviewed articles in International Journals. His H-factor in Web of Sciences is 57. He has written and edited several books. He is past President of WASM, past Vice President of ESRS, and past Coordinating Secretary of WFSRS.