A new study shows that positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy improves quality of life measures in people who have obstructive sleep apnea, according to Medical Xpress.
Results show that there were significant and clinically meaningful improvements in general quality of life and sleep-related quality of life measures after the initiation of PAP therapy for sleep apnea. The improvements were more robust in those who were adherent to PAP therapy.
“Quality of life is one of the most vital outcomes for patients and often one of the primary reasons to seek medical attention,” said lead author and principal investigator Dr. Harneet Walia, assistant professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and staff at the Cleveland Clinic’s Sleep Disorders Center. “We noted consistent improvement in global and sleep-specific quality-of-life measures after PAP therapy.”