Journal article

Redefining success in airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnea: A meta analysis and synthesis of the evidence

Adam G Elshaug, John R Moss, Anne Marie Southcott, Janet E Hiller

SLEEP | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVES: The role of upper airway surgery as a treatment for adult obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) remains controversial, with perspectives on treatment efficacy varying considerably. Though debate may occur in the clinical sphere, it is necessary to appreciate the ever-increasing funding and policy focus on cost effectiveness and "efficacy" in health care. DESIGN: In this review, we examine contemporary evidence that highlights the importance of "highly effective treatment" over "sub-therapeutic treatment" as a necessity to confer improved health outcomes in OSA. We highlight that assumptions of surgical success inherent in most articles fail to assimilate contemporary, clinically si..

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