Reducing the Clinical and Socioeconomic Burden of Narcolepsy by Earlier Diagnosis and Effective Treatment

Michael J. Thorpy, Anne Marie Morse

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The burden of narcolepsy is likely the result of 2 main aspects: the clinical difficulties and disability incurred as a direct effect of the disorder and the socioeconomic burden. The clinical burden includes the symptoms, diagnosis, comorbidities, treatment, and even mortality that can be associated with narcolepsy. Lifelong therapy is necessary for these patients. Effective treatment results in long-term benefits from both patient and societal perspectives by improving clinical outcomes, potentially enabling improved education and increased employment and work productivity, and quality of life. Thus, reducing the time to appropriate management results in improved outcomes in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-71
Number of pages11
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017



  • Burden
  • Cataplexy
  • Comorbidities
  • Diagnosis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Psychosocial
  • Sleepiness
  • Socioeconomic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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