People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who receive treatment from sleep specialists and accredited sleep centers have better treatment outcomes than patients who do not, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
Researchers found that patients who received treatment from board certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited sleep centers were twice as likely to be adherent to positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy.
For the study, researchers looked at 502 patients with OSA at four sleep centers. Participants received an objective diagnostic evaluation with overnight polysomnography and completed a questionnaire. Then, PAP therapy adherence was measured for three months. Not only did those patients who received treatment from accredited sleep centers and sleep specialists have better adherence, but they reported better patient satisfaction associated with physician certification and timeliness of care.
Published On: March 26, 2014