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Sleep Study - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Last Updated: 23 June 2022

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Barriers to positive airway pressure adherence among veterans with sleep apnea: a mixed methods study.

Positive airway pressure for sleep apnea is suboptimal, according to a suboptimal rate. Although prior studies have pointed to individual causes associated with PAP non-adherence, few studies have investigated a variety of potential barriers directly from the patient perspective. We investigated the variety of factors that patients cite as barriers to optimal usage of PAP as well as the most commonly offered by providers. The chart was used to determine untreated apnea severity, Epworth Sleepiness Scale score, therapy hours, and residual apnea severity. Patients described physical and psychological barriers to adherent use at approximately equal rates: Mask leaks and dry throat/nose were typical physical barriers, and fear/claustrophobia and worsening insomnia were common psychological obstacles, as well as anxiety/claustrophobia and worsening insomnia. We recommend that personalized assessments of each patient's barriers to use, as well as increased involvement of behavioral health specialists in sleep medicine clinics be carried out.

Source link: https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibac040

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