Patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea using home testing experienced CPAP compliance results similar to those of patients diagnosed with OSA using in-lab polysomnography, according to new research.
Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, compared sleepiness, sleep quality, quality of life, blood pressure, and CPAP adherence in 102 patients randomized to receive diagnosis and treatment either at home or in a sleep laboratory.
After 4 weeks of CPAP therapy, 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.
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