What is the significance of long-term continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) compliance in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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In a study of long-term compliance, 68% of patients were using a CPAP machine at 5 years. Predictors of long-term compliance were baseline AHI and degree of sleepiness. However, the best predictor of compliance was regular use at 3 months of therapy, indicating that physicians must work to increase patient compliance early in the treatment period. [173]


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