Sharon L. Schutte-Rodin, MD, DABSM, CBSM

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Clinical Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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CPAP Program and Clinical Outcomes Program Director, Penn Sleep Centers
3624 Market Street, Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-7772
Fax: 215-615-3671
B.S. (Chemistry)
Allegheny College, 1976.
M.D. (Medicine)
Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1980.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Schutte-Rodin is a clinician whose current clinical research projects involve apnea and associated disorders, CPAP device and data tracking technology, insomnia, and electronic questionnaires. She was the PI for a large CPAP clinical trial involving a comparison of mask designs, patient preferences, and outcomes.
Previous experience with the Sleep Alliance (Stanford, Wisconsin, St. Luke's, and Harvard) sleep questionnaire led to the development of the Penn Sleep Q, a mypennmed e-questionnaire that allows patients to enter visit data directly into Epic. Previous data entry was primarily by providers rather than patients. Patient entered data, known as Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO's), has many advantages. Patients consider the visit questions prior to the visit and save time for both patient and provider prior to, and during, the visit. This allows more face-to-face visit time with providers. PRO data can be used to track the patient's progress before and during treatment. Further, PRO data also allows data analysis for quality care improvement.
Sleep Medicine is one of the only medical treatments whose compliance is data driven. CPAP use is monitored via modems/SD cards. Documentation of CPAP compliance is required for ongoing insurance coverage of CPAP. CPAP data management is critical. We work closely with DME (CPAP companies) to provide "team" CPAP care. We also recognized the need to interface the CPAP data in Epic. Penn Sleep built the first real-world (all patients; all insurances; all DMEs) HL-7 CPAP data interfaces with Epic. We believe in using Epic technology to leverage "best practice" sleep medicine and CPAP care.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Board certified in Sleep Medicine for 20 years, Dr. Schutte-Rodin sees patients with all types of sleep disorders including apnea, insomnia, restless legs, sleep-related movement disorders, circadian rhyhtm disorders, narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.
Dr. Schutte-Rodin is one of the only MDs in the US or world who is both boarded in Sleep Medicine and certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. She was Chairperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Task Force for the Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Insomnia 2006-2008.
Dr. Schutte-Rodin is Director of the Penn CPAP Program and CPAP Clinic. CPAP chronic management is labor intensive, requires a team of support staff, and requires interfacing CPAP softwares/databases and long term CPAP data tracking. Now the standard of CPAP data tracking, the Penn Sleep Centers was one of the first US sleep centers to network on-line CPAP data. To assist patients with CPAP support, the Penn CPAP Program includes a free, on-site, “walk-in” clinic that services ~4500 free visits per year (since 2003).
As the Clinical Outcomes Program Director of the Penn Sleep Centers, Dr. Schutte-Rodin's group has been developing e-questionnaires for clinical and research use. Goals of the e-questionnaire use are: (1) to use EMR's and technology to improve patient communications, data management, and EMR visit documentation (2) to systematically collect and use repeated outcomes measures in a patient-reported outcomes database.

Selected Publications

Garland SN, Chakravorty S, Morales K, Nesom G, Doghramji K, Goldberg R, Khader W, Schutte-Rodin S, Perlis M: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial of CBT-I +/- Armodafinil in Patients with Insomnia Comorbid with Sleep Apnea. Sleep. Ronald Szymusiak (eds.). Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, 39: A216-217, May 2016.

Kuna ST, Shuttleworth D, Chi L, Schutte-Rodin S, Friedman E, Guo H, Dhand S, Yang L, Zhu J, Bellamy SL, Volpp KG, Asch DA: Web-based access to positive airway pressure usage with or without an initial financial incentive improves treatment use in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. SLEEP. The Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, 38(8), 2015.

Schutte-Rodin S, Staley B, Hurley S, Maislin G: Comparison of Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) Using Recording Time versus Sleep Time. Sleep 37: A373-374, 2014 Notes: Also presented at June, 2014 Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting (Minneapolis); Poster presentation.

Kuna ST, Shuttleworth D, Chi L, Schutte-Rodin S, Friedman E, Guo H, Yang L, Zhu J, Bellamy S, Asch D, Volpp K: Impact of an initial financial incentive on long-term adherence to positive airway pressure treatment in patients with OSA. 13th International Symposium of Sleep and Breathing October 2013 Notes: Montreal, Canada; Poster presentation.

Fields BG, Schutte-Rodin S, Perlis ML, Myers M: Master’s-Level Practitioners as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Providers: An Underutilized Resource. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 9(10): 1093-1096, October 2013.

Yang Y, Spencer G, Schutte-Rodin S, Brensinger C, Metz DC: Gastroesophageal reflux and sleep events in obstructive sleep apnea. European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology 25(9): 1017-1023, Sep 2013.

Fields BG, Schutte-Rodin S, Myers M, Perlis ML: Nurse practitioners (NPs) as cognitive behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I) providers: An underutilized resource. Journal Sleep Disorders Therapy March 2013 Notes: doi: 10.4172/2167-0277.1000111.

Schutte-Rodin S, Hurley S, Myers M: Defining CPAP use times affects insurance coverage of ongoing CPAP. Sleep 36: A413, 2013 Notes: Also presented at June, 2013 Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting (Baltimore MD); Poster presentation.

Schutte-Rodin S, Pack F, Maislin G, Gehrman P, Hueter M, Pack A: Patients prefer electronic questionnaires over paper questionnaires. Sleep 35: A430, 2012 Notes: Also for June, 2012 Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting (Boston, MA); Poster presentation.

Schutte-Rodin S, Pack F, Maislin G, Gehrman P, Hueter M, Pack A: Feasibility pilot study of a web-based standardized sleep questionnaire. Sleep 35: A430, 2012 Notes: Also for June, 2012 Associated Professional Sleep Societies Meeting (Boston, MA); Poster presentation.

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