Study: Docs can treat simple sleep apnea

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DAW PARK, Australia – With basic training, primary care doctors and nurses could treat simple forms of sleep apnea, according to a new study by researchers in Australia. To conduct the study, researchers at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health at Repatriation General Hospital followed 155 people with sleep apnea over six weeks, and found that those treated by trained primary care doctors and nurses improved just as much as those who were treated by specialists. “We’re suggesting that with the right training and motivation (sleep apnea) can be taken care of at the primary care level with the help of specialists,” stated Dr. Doug McEvoy, the study’s lead author. The study, which highlights the potential cost savings of treatment in doctors offices instead of sleep medicine centers, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.