Patient Support Key to Sleep Apnea Therapy Adherence

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), letting them know what to expect from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment, and helping them get the support they need while they adjust to the routine, increases adherence.

These are the findings of studies presented on Monday at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Seattle.

Obstructive sleep apnea is when patients have episodes in which their airways become blocked during sleep. During deep sleep, breathing can stop completely for a short period of time, often more than 10 seconds. Treatment for this condition is called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) i