Tetyana Kendzerska, MD, PhD, is the 2023 recipient of the CHEST Foundation and the AASM Foundation research grant in sleep medicine.

In early 2024, Tetyana Kendzerska, MD, PhD, will begin a retrospective analysis of sleep-disordered breathing assessments using the funds awarded for the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) Foundation (now CHEST philanthropy) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Foundation research grant in sleep medicine.

Tetyana Kendzerska, MD, PhD

Kendzerska’s research, “Utility of inpatient assessment for sleep-disordered breathing: A retrospective study of health administrative data,” seeks to evaluate the outcomes of inpatient versus outpatient sleep tests.

“According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey, up to 30% of Canadians were found to be at risk of moderate to severe OSA; however, only a staggering 6% reported a physician’s diagnosis,” says Kendzerska in a release. “The issue at hand is that there are drawbacks to both inpatient and outpatient sleep tests—one being [that they are] logistically complicated, labor-intensive and high-cost, given the medical complexity of the hospitalized individuals, and the other being [that they are] affected by the challenges of accessing appropriate care due to long wait times and frequent failures of communication. 

“Our research will thoroughly review cost, hospital visits, OSA treatment initiation, and overall outcomes to understand the usefulness of inpatient sleep tests and to identify individuals who could benefit the most.”

This is the third grant awarded as part of the societies’ multiyear partnership. The previous grant recipients were Marta Kaminska, MD, for her project, “Long-term non-invasive ventilation in COPD—impact on health-care utilization,” and Gonzalo Labarca, MD, for his research, “Phenotyping obstructive sleep apnea in Latin American women: the Latin American sleep network.”

To be eligible for the CHEST and the AASM Foundation research grant in sleep medicine, applicants must be a member of either CHEST or the AASM. Qualified applicants for this and other available grants should visit www.chestnet.org/grants (the next grant cycle opens in February) or https://foundation.aasm.org/award-programs/ to apply.

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