Determinants affecting initiation of continuous positive airway pressure treatment

Yaron S. Brin, Haim Reuveni, Sari Greenberg, Asher Tal, Ariel Tarasiuk*

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Background: Continuous positive airway pressure is the treatment of choice for patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Objective: To determine the factors influencing treatment initiation with a CPAP device in a healthcare system in which co-payment is required. Methods: A total of 400 adult patients with OSAS who required CPAP therapy completed questionnaires at three different stages of the diagnostic and therapeutic process: CPAP titration study (stage 1), patient adaptation trial (stage 2), and purchase of a CPAP device (stage 3). Logistic regression was used to analyze the variables influencing CPAP use at the different stages of the diagnostic and therapeutic processes. Results: Only 32% of the patients who underwent CPAP titration study purchased a CPAP device. The number of subjects who purchased a CPAP device increased gradually as monthly income increased, 28% vs. 62% in the "very low" and "very high" income levels respectively. Reporting for the titration increased in patients with excessive daytime sleepiness and an Epworth Sleepiness Scale score above 9 (odds ratio = 1.9, P = 0.015). Higher socioeconomic status increased reporting to stage 2 (OR = 1.23, P = 0.03) and CPAP purchase (stage 3, OR = 1.35, P = 0.002). Excessive daytime sleepiness increased reporting to stage 2 (OR = 2.28, P = 0.006). Respiratory disturbance index above 35 increased CPAP purchasing (OR = 2.01, P = 0.022). Support from the bed partner, referring physician and sleep laboratory team increased CPAP purchasing. Conclusions: A supportive environment for a patient with OSAS requiring CPAP is crucial to increase initiation of CPAP treatment. Minimizing cost sharing for the CPAP device will reduce inequality and may increase CPAP treatment initiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Co-payment
  • Continuous positive airway pressure
  • Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
  • Patient support
  • Socioeconomic status


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