One-on-one time improves CPAP compliance, research finds
ATLANTA – Two-and-a-half hours of contact time between patients and respiratory therapists (RTs) within the first 30 days of using CPAP devices increases compliance, according to new research.
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente, who will present their findings this week at CHEST 2012, retrospectively reviewed the charts of 39 patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who used CPAP devices and who used a portable compliance-monitoring device. These patients had one-on-one meetings with RTs three times for a total of 150 minutes. On day 30, a 30-minute compliance evaluation review was conducted, and data was downloaded from the CPAP devices.
“Results showed a 75% CPAP compliance rate after 30 days,” stated a summary of the presentation on the website of the American College of Chest Physicians, which hosts CHEST.
An abstract of the findings will be published in an online supplement of the CHEST Journal.