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2.5 Hours of Patient/Therapist Contact Time Increases CPAP Use

by Kathy Jones on October 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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 2.5 Hours of Patient/Therapist Contact Time Increases CPAP Use

Meeting a respiratory therapy for at least 2.5 hours within a month of initiating continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can significantly increase patient compliance after one month of therapy, says a new research.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente retrospectively reviewed the charts of 39 patients with OSA who were treated with CPAP and on a portable compliance-monitoring device. Patient/therapist contact time included a total of three sessions, each with one-on-one contact time, totaling 150 min. On day 30, a 30-min CPAP compliance evaluation review was conducted, and data was downloaded from patients' CPAP equipment. Results showed a 75% CPAP compliance rate after 30 days.

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