Results showed that patients who received care from board certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited centers are two-times more likely to be more adherent to Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy than those who received care from non-accredited physicians and non-accredited centers.
The study involved 502 patients with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) at four sleep centers. Participants received an objective diagnostic evaluation using overnight polysomnography and completed validated questionnaires. Objective PAP therapy adherence was measured 3 months after therapy initiation.
WHY IS SPECIALIZED CARE DEEMED MORE EFFECTIVE?
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine President Dr. M. Safwan Badr, “Board certified sleep medicine physicians and the team of health care professionals at accredited sleep centers have the specialized training and expertise to provide high quality, patient-centered care for people with a sleep illness.”
Doctors of the study are hoping to push healthcare policy decision to direct care pathways involving accredited facilities and board-certified physicians.
“Whether you’re using an accredited or non-accredited center it is important to be aware of the quality of care you’re receiving,” commented People for Quality Care , Director of Advocacy, Kelly Turner.
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