Primary care physicians can manage apnea care

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS – Some sleep apnea patients may be able to manage their conditions with primary care providers, rather than sleep specialists, according to new research review from the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Apnea patients treated by primary care providers who received additional training in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders have similar outcomes to patients treated by specialists, the researchers found. As part of their review, which has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed eight previously published studies covering 1,515 patients. Researchers did note that more studies are needed.