Home-based diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea viable: Study

August 3rd, 2010 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, August 3 (ANI): Diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at home may after all be a viable option for patients who do not have access to a sleep laboratory for testing, says a new study.

Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, compared sleepiness, sleep quality, quality of life, blood pressure, and CPAP adherence in 102 patients who would receive treatment either at home or in labs.

After 4 weeks, there was no significant difference between the two groups in regard to any sleep measures or CPAP compliance.

Researchers conclude that select subjects with suspected OSA could be diagnosed and treated at home.

This article is published in the August issue of Chest. (ANI)

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