Worth the effort? Weighing up the benefit and burden of continuous positive airway pressure therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in chronic tetraplegia
Marnie Graco, Sally E Green, Julie Tolson, Bronwyn Stevens, Maree Barnes, Alyssa Rigoni, Sandra Henderson, Carmel Nicholls, David J Berlowitz
SPINAL CORD | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019
STUDY DESIGN: Mixed methods OBJECTIVES: Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the recommended treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). The aim of this study was to estimate CPAP adherence in people with tetraplegia and OSA, and to explore the barriers and facilitators to CPAP use. SETTING: Hospital outpatient department in Melbourne, Australia METHODS: People with chronic tetraplegia and OSA were commenced with auto-titrating CPAP and supported for 1 month. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants at one month and analysed thematically. CPAP usage was measured at 1, 6 and 12 months, with "adherent" defined as achieving more than 4 h average per night. ..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council post-graduate scholarship
MG was supported by an Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council post-graduate scholarship (grant number 1114181) and an Australasian Spinal Cord Injury Network PhD scholarship.