TITLE

Physician accuracy in predicting successful treatment in suspected obstructive sleep apnea did not differ between home monitoring and polysomnography

AUTHOR(S)
Caples, Sean M.
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 143 Issue 1, p48
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on a study related to clinical usefulness of home oximetry compared with polysomnography for assessment of sleep apnea. The study was made on 307 patients with a history suggestive of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) associated with somnolence or fatigue. Exclusion criteria were a non-respiratory sleep disorder as the primary reason for referral, absence of daytime symptoms, important comorbid conditions, and physiologic consequences of OSA. Overall, physicians predicted success in 50% of patients, but only 42% met the criterion for improvement. The proportion of improved patients in each category was similar to the proportion predicted by physicians, except for the 50% to 75% category in which the rate of improvement was lower than predicted.
ACCESSION #
18053704

 

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