Primary Care Can Effectively Manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Share this content:
Primary Care Can Effectively Manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Primary Care Can Effectively Manage Obstructive Sleep Apnea

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is as effective and more cost-effective than in-laboratory diagnosis, according to a study published online April 17 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

M. Ángeles Sánchez-Quiroga, M.D., from Virgen del Puerto Hospital in Madrid, and colleagues randomized 303 sequentially screened patients with an intermediate-to-high probability of OSA to primary care management (a portable monitor with automatic scoring and semi-automatic therapeutic decision-making) or in-laboratory management (polysomnography and specialized therapeutic decision-making). All patients received continuous positive airway pressure treatment or sleep hygiene and dietary treatment alone.

The researchers found that the primary care protocol was noninferior to the in-laboratory protocol based on use of the Epworth sleepiness scale. Furthermore, primary health care management was more cost-effective, with a lower cost of €537.8 per patient.

"Primary health care area management may be an alternative to in-laboratory management for patients with an intermediate to high OSA probability," the authors write. "Given the clear economic advantage of outpatient management, this finding could change established clinical practice."

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

WPSI Recommends Annual Urinary Incontinence Screening

WPSI Recommends Annual Urinary Incontinence Screening

Due to limited evidence, other experts urge caution in implementing guideline for women

Young, Growing Athletes at High Risk for ACL Injuries

Young, Growing Athletes at High Risk for ACL ...

Athletic teams should provide program that includes muscle strengthening, proper technique training

Side Effects of Biologics for Rheumatic Dz May Up Anxiety

Side Effects of Biologics for Rheumatic Dz May ...

Common patient concerns are risks of cancer and tuberculosis activation

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »