Non-sleep specialists and sleep specialist physicians provide similar quality care with similar patient outcomes for adults with known or suspected obstructed sleep apnea, reports Medical Xpress.

Ken M. Kunisaki, M.D., from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and colleagues compared the effectiveness of care by NSSs and SSPs. Based on four observational studies (580 participants; mean age, 52 years; 77 percent male), the researchers found good agreement between NSSs and SSPs on appropriate diagnostic testing and classification of OSA severity (low-strength evidence).

Care provided by NSSs and SSPs resulted in similar quality of life, adherence, and symptom scores (low-strength evidence), based on results from five randomized trials and three observational studies(1,515 participants; mean age, 52 years; 68 percent male).

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