CPAP therapy: Don’t forget about younger patients, women and mildly diagnosed, study finds

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DALLAS – Men with sleep apnea are 8.5% more likely to stay adherent on CPAP therapy than women, according to a study presented by ResMed at the American Thoracic Society’s ATS 2019 International Conference here. Other findings of the study: people over age 60 were 7.3% more adherent than the entire study cohort (77.7% vs. 70/4%); and people with self-reported severe sleep apnea were 78% adherent at the one-year mark, compared to 70.5% of those with self reported moderate sleep apnea and 65.2% of those with mild sleep apnea. “Sleep specialists, pulmonologists and primary care physicians should heed these results and ensure that their younger, female and more mildly diagnosed patients have the proper supports to stay on therapy,” said Adam Benjafield, study coauthor and ResMed’s vice president of medical affairs. “Regardless of why these gaps exist, we know they do, signaling the need to keep in close contact with patients in these populations.” To conduct the study, medXcloud, a ResMed assembled group of healthcare key opinion leaders, examined de-identified data of more than 1 million CPAP users from ResMed’s remote monitoring network, AirView, who were registered for its myAir patient engagement tool.