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Nurse-led intensive interventions improve adherence to continuous positive airway pressure therapy and quality of life in obstructive sleep apnea patients

Authors Chen X, Chen W, Hu W, Huang K, Huang J, Zhou Y, Wang Y

Received 20 June 2015

Accepted for publication 27 October 2015

Published 26 November 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 1707—1713


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Naifeng Liu

Xiaofen Chen,1 Weiting Chen,1 Weijie Hu,2 Kui Huang,3 Jing Huang,4 Yu Zhou5

1Hospital of Stomatology, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, 2People Hospital of Tiantai, Taizhou, 3Department of Orthodontics, Hospital of Stomatology, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, 4The Second Affiliated Hospital Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, 5Department of Orthodontics, Hospital of Stomatology, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, People’s Republic of China

Background: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is widely recommended for the treatment of sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (SAHS), but its usage by patients is very low. The aim of this study was to assess intensive educational programs and nursing support for the improvement of CPAP use and outcomes in SAHS patients.
Methods: Eighty new SAHS patients were randomized to receive nurse-led intensive interventions or usual support at hospital and home. The main outcome measure was CPAP use; changes in sleeping, symptoms, mood, and quality of life were also assessed after 12 months of treatment.
Results: All outcome measures were improved after treatment in both groups. However, patients receiving intensive support with significantly higher CPAP use (higher daily CPAP usage by 2.2 hours/day) had greater improvements in SAHS symptoms and mood (P<0.05). The intervention group further showed an improvement in the Short Form-36 domains of mental and physical health (P<0.05).
Conclusion: The CPAP usage and quality of life can be significantly improved by nurse-led intensive program in obstructive sleep apnea patients.

Keywords: CPAP, quality of life, SAHS, compliance

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