Two studies being presented as posters later this morning address issues related to patient compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.
One study (#0582) shows that some problem-solving and coping styles contribute to successful CPAP use. These include seeking advice and information from other people, and creating goal-oriented schedules.
Another study (#0576) shows that a spouse or cohabiting partner’s involvement can help improve CPAP compliance. The most effective methods of helping were “bilateral tactics,” which involve a collaborative effort to work together.
You can download the SLEEP 2009 abstract supplement as an 11 MB file in PDF format.