CPAP Compliance in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

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Therefore, this issue is something that must be studied with further analysis.&nbsp. &nbsp.Thus, the researchers state their hypothesis as such: “In this study, we aimed to evaluate, prospectively, the factors affecting adherence to the CPAP treatment and the correlations of apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), Epworth.&nbsp. Therefore, this issue is something that must be studied with further analysis.&nbsp. &nbsp.Thus, the researchers state their hypothesis as such: “In this study, we aimed to evaluate, prospectively, the factors affecting adherence to the CPAP treatment and the correlations of apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), oxygen desaturation index (OD), arousal index (RI), the lowest oxygen saturation (LO), and the body mass index (BMI) with each other, in patients with OSAS” (Yetkin, Kunter &amp. Gunen, 2008, p. 365).&nbsp.&nbsp. The researchers then proceed with a very clear presentation of their study, discussing the methods in some detail.&nbsp. The article does a fantastic job of defining the size of the sample, discussing inclusion criteria, sample inclusion criteria, comparability, confounding variables, and also mentions how the subjects were an assignment to groups.&nbsp. The authors clearly state: “Seventy-one patients were enrolled in this study. Patients were divided into three groups according to CPAP usage. Group, I consisted of patients who had never used CPAP, group II consisted of patients who had used CPAP occasionally, and group-III patients had used CPAP treatment regularly. Group-III patients had a higher apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) than groups I and II (respectively, Oxygen desaturation index was significantly higher in group-III patients comparing to groups I and II”&nbsp. (Yetkin, Kunter &amp. Gunen, 2008, p. 366).&nbsp. There is also more information provided by the researchers.&nbsp. They state: “After 3 months, the patients were asked about how good they had adhered to the CPAP treatment. Then, the patients were divided into three groups according to CPAP usage ratio. Group, I consisted of patients who had never used CPAP (n=23), group II consisted of patients who had used CPAP occasionally (n=24), and group-III patients had used CPAP treatment regularly (n=24). By definition, patients who did not use CPAP each and every day of the 3 months period without a valid or acceptable reason (overnight travel, CPAP device dysfunction, etc.) were classified into the group II.” (Yetkin, Kunter &amp. Gunen, 2008, p. 366).&nbsp.&nbsp.

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