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CPAP Use Increased By Just 2.5 Hours Of Patient/Therapist Contact Time

Although (CPAP) is often used as therapy for (OSA), with CPAP remains an issue. However, new research presented at CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the , shows that patients who meet with a respiratory therapist for a total of 2.5 hours within 30 days of initiating CPAP had significant compliance after 1 month of therapy.

Researchers from retrospectively reviewed the charts of 39 patients with OSA who were treated with CPAP and on a portable compliance-monitoring device. Patient/therapist contact time included a total of three sessions, each with one-on-one contact time, totaling 150 min. On day 30, a 30-min evaluation review was conducted, and data was downloaded from patients’ CPAP equipment. Results showed a 75% rate after 30 days.


This study was presented during CHEST 2012, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held October 20 – 25, in Atlanta, Georgia.
American College of Chest Physicians