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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 943586, 7 pages
Research Article

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Adherence for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

1Department of Otolaryngology Head-Neck Surgery, Henry Ford Medical Group, 2799 W Grand Boulevard (K8 Clinic Building), Detroit, MI 48202, USA
2Department of Biostatistics, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
3School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201, USA

Received 15 March 2011; Accepted 19 April 2011

Academic Editor: K. Ishikawa

Copyright © 2011 Melissa L. Somers et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To determine predictors of patient adherence to CPAP. Design. A retrospective chart review identified patients with AHI values greater than 15 who were recommended to receive CPAP. Compliance was measured at a 1-to 4-month interval and at 1 year. Results. There were 106 of 368 (29%) patients who received CPAP therapy that were compliant with CPAP use at 1 to 4 months. Forty-six patients (12%) were using CPAP at one year. For the male group at one year, the model demonstrated the AHI value ( 𝑃 v a l u e = . 0 2 6 ) as a predictor of compliance if greater than 27.3 and a significant two-way interaction between age and AHI ( 𝑃 = . 0 2 3 ). Increased length of time from the initial visit and receiving the CPAP machine was associated with poorer compliance ( 𝑃 = . 0 0 2 ). Those living in areas with higher incomes and with a higher percentage of non-high-school graduates were more likely to be compliant ( 𝑃 = . 0 1 and 𝑃 = . 0 4 4 ). Conclusion. Older male patients with higher AHI values were noted to be more adherent to CPAP. Efforts should be made to try to minimize the length of time between the initial visit and the time to receive CPAP to improve compliance.