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Volume 2014, Article ID 878213, 6 pages
Research Article

Determinants of CPAP Adherence in Hispanics with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Disorders Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 685 West Baltimore Street, MSTF 800, Baltimore, MD 21201-1192, USA
2Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, 3401 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
3Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 433 Bolivar Street New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Received 13 June 2013; Revised 9 December 2013; Accepted 17 December 2013; Published 5 February 2014

Academic Editor: Diego Garcia-Borreguero

Copyright © 2014 Montserrat Diaz-Abad 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.


Purpose. We hypothesized that socioeconomic factors and a language barrier would impact adherence with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) among Hispanics with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Methods. Patients with OSA who were prescribed CPAP for at least 1 year and completed a questionnaire evaluating demographic data, socioeconomic status, and CPAP knowledge and adherence participated in the study. Results. Seventy-nine patients (26 males;  yrs; body mass index  kg/m2) with apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) events/hr completed the study. Included were 25 Hispanics, 39 African Americans, and 15 Caucasians, with no difference in age, AHI, CPAP use, or BMI between the groups. While there was a difference in educational level ( ), income level ( ), and employment status ( ) between the groups, these did not influence CPAP adherence. Instead, overall improvement in quality of life and health status and perceived benefit from CPAP influenced adherence, both for the group as a whole ( , , and , resp.), as well as in Hispanics ( , , , resp.). Conclusion. In Hispanic patients with OSA, perceived benefit with therapy, rather than socioeconomic status or a language barrier, appears to be the most important factor in determining CPAP adherence.