Telemonitoring improves CPAP adherence, study finds

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SAN DIEGO – The use of CPAP telemonitoring with automated feedback messaging improved 90-day adherence in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, according to a ResMed-supported study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine. The four-arm, randomized, factorial-design clinical trial enrolled 1,455 patients referred for suspected OSA. Of those, 956 underwent home sleep apnea testing and 556 were prescribed CPAP. Two telemedicine interventions were implemented: web-based OSA education and telemonitoring with automated patient feedback. Researchers found that after 90 days, those in the telemonitoring arms of the trial used CPAP 36 to 60 minutes longer each night. The study was supported by a grant from the American Sleep Medicine Foundation. ResMed supported the study by providing its U-Sleep automated feedback platform, and funding medical writing support and biostatistical support.