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Interprofessional education has the potential to prepare health career students to be practice-ready and enter the workforce with a collaborative mindset. Respiratory care educators must adequately prepare students to work in this capacity. This emphasis on a team approach to patient-centered care has the ability to impact and improve health outcomes. Throughout the last decade, sleep medicine has experienced fluctuations. Sustainability of sleep labs who only perform diagnostic testing may prove challenging. The role of interprofessional practice in sleep medicine would be to overcome traditional roles (silos) so that multiple skilled practitioners could help identify and treat complex patient conditions. A review of the literature demonstrated how various providers can serve as active members of interprofessional health care teams. The opportunity to expand services and partner with other providers to detect, educate, and treat sleep disordered breathing could help laboratories endure and even thrive in the current health care system.

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© McHenry. This document was originally published by the Journal of Lung, Pulmonary, and Respiratory Research.