Friday, 1 July 2016
Monitoring improves sleep apnea device compliance: Kaiser study
A study from Kaiser Permanente found that remote monitoring and automated coaching using ResMed can significantly improve continuous positive airway pressure therapy compliance for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. The findings were recently presented at the SLEEP conference in Denver.
More than 1,400 people on CPAP therapy took part in the study. Out of that randomized selection, 556 were prescribed AirSense 10 CPAP machines that featured built-in cellular communications. Breaking that group down even more, 129 were placed in a typical care arm, 164 into the telehealth education arm, 125 into CPAP monitoring through U-Sleep and the final 138 into a telehealth education and CPAP monitoring arm.
Those who used U-Sleep support achieved Medicare-defined CPAP adherence 21% more than the average study participant over 90 days. Even more, those working with web-based education alone did not see a "statistically significant impact" on CPAP usage over three months.