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J Korean Sleep Res Soc. 2010;7(1):15-21.         doi: https://doi.org/10.13078/jksrs.10003
What Do You Think About CPAP? : Questionnaire Survey
Dae Jin Kim, Seong Min Lee, Seung Eun Lee, Doo Soo Jeon, Yun Seong Kim, Jong Kil Kim, and Jae Wook Cho
Department of Neurology / Internal Medicine / Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, School of medicine and Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University, Yangsan Hospital
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Obejects : The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) treatment is considered a standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. However, surgery is more popular than CPAP in Korea. We conducted a questionnaire survey among the OSA patients to find out what the sleep disordered-breathing patient think about CPAP treatment, and the factors that influence the decision for treatment. Methods : We included 50 patients who performed split night polysomnography at the Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital sleep center for their sleep disordered breathing (sleep apnea and Snoring) from April 2009 to October 2009. All patient experienced CPAP trial in the latter part of the sleep study, and answered questionnaire after the sleep study in the morning. Results : 10 patients were diagnosed as upper airway resistant syndrome (UARS), 11 patients were mild OSA, 10 patients were moderate OSA, and other 19 patients were severe OSA. Mean AHI was 29.3 ± 28.35. Among 50 patients, only 16 patients (32%) have been told about CPAP therapy. 17 patients wanted CPAP therapy as their first treatment, on the other hand, 31 wanted surgery. Among these 17 CPAP-preferring patients, only 2 chose CPAP by doctor’s recommendation. The patient usually felt discomfort with air pressure (58%), and position limitation (22%). Only 2 patients are using CPAP therapy continuously after sleep study. Conclusions : CPAP treatment had less name value than surgery, and most OSA patients usually thought CPAP therapy was uncomfortable and expensive. Vigorous efforts for the proper treatment are required to serve sleep disordered breathing patients.
Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea | Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
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