Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) generates positive results in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but patient compliance is an issue. However, a presentation of new research at CHEST 2012 shows that patients who spend a total of 2.5 hours sometime in the 30 days after they initiated CPAP had noticeable compliance after a month of therapy. CHEST is the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians.
The research was presented by researchers from Kaiser Permanente.
Patient compliance is a crucial aspect of recovery and control. This means that the patient must follow instructions exactly as given, adhere to medication/treatment times so that the medication/treatment works more effectively, and inform the doctor of any changes or problems immediately.
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