What are the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in long-distance truck drivers?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Older data indicated that commercial truck drivers have an increased prevalence of OSA. However, more recent data indicate that the prevalence is no different from the general population. Risk factors are similar to the general population but also include short sleep durations.

Evidence from both the United States and Australia found no relationship between OSA severity and crash rate in commercial drivers, except possibly for a relationship between severe OSA and severe crashes (those that involve multiple injuries or motor vehicle towed from the scene). However, because of the potential for risk, a review and guidelines have been published to guide the physician. [134, 135, 136]


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