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SLEEP: Treatment for Apnea Needs Follow-Up Fine Tuning

SLEEP: Treatment for Apnea Needs Follow-Up Fine Tuning

SALT LAKE CITY, June 22 — Adherence to treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) by patients with obstructive sleep apnea may be considerably less than believed.

A retrospective analysis of 528 new users of CPAP machines showed that only 17% were using them as prescribed, said Carl Stepnowsky, Ph.D., of the University of California at San Diego.

Another 63% "are below what we would usually consider to be acceptable, which is four hours a night," he reported here at Sleep 2006, the joint meeting of the Sleep Research Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Moreover, he said, the failure to use the machines properly appears to begin almost immediately.

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