PCORI implementation projects promote the use of findings from PCORI-funded studies. This project focuses on implementing findings from the completed PCORI-funded research project: Does a Peer Support Program Improve Satisfaction with Treatment among Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
This project is in progress.
What were the results from the original PCORI-funded research study?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a health problem that causes the throat muscles to relax and block the airway, making breathing stop and start during sleep. Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is a common treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP machines use a mask to give patients constant, steady air pressure while they sleep.
The original PCORI-funded study looked at a phone-based peer support program for people new to CPAP. Peers helped people learn how to use the CPAP machine and shared their own experiences with sleep apnea. The study found that people new to CPAP who had peer support used their CPAP machines more often and were more satisfied with treatment than people who received usual education about sleep apnea and CPAP.
Why is this research finding important?
People with sleep apnea have a high risk of other serious health problems. They are also at risk for car crashes from sleepiness. Using a CPAP machine can help reduce health risks for people with sleep apnea. But patients may not use their CPAP machines as prescribed.
What is the goal of this project?
The goal of this project is to expand the peer-support program shown to be effective in the PCORI-funded study to sleep centers in the southwest.
What is the project team doing?
The project team is training staff at 11 sleep centers, typically a CPAP coordinator or nurse navigator, to work with peers in the support program. The project team is also developing a training program for the peers on how to teach patients about CPAP machines.
Peers in the program will train other patients with experience using CPAP machines to become peers. In total, the program will provide support for more than 2,000 patients with sleep apnea in Arizona and Colorado.
How is the team evaluating this project?
The team is tracking CPAP machine use for patients in the program. They are also tracking blood pressure, sleepiness, how often patients use healthcare services, how satisfied patients are with care, and how much they know about sleep apnea.
How is the team involving patients and others in making sure the findings reach people who can use them?
Patients with sleep apnea, the American Sleep Apnea Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, insurers, and manufacturers are working with the project team to help assure ongoing success.
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