TitlePatient and Partner Experiences With Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP Treatment: A Qualitative Analysis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLuyster, FS, Dunbar-Jacob, J, Aloia, MS, Martire, LM, Buysse, DJ, Strollo, PJ
JournalBehav Sleep Med
Date Published2016
KeywordsAdult, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Female, Focus Groups, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Male, Patient Compliance, Qualitative Research, Sexual Partners, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive, Social Support, Spouses, Young Adult

<p>Few studies have investigated factors associated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for sleep apnea from the patients' and their partners' perspective. This qualitative research study explored patients' and partners' experiences of CPAP and facilitators and barriers to CPAP use, and elicited suggestions for a first-time CPAP user program. Data from 27 participants were collected via four sleep apnea patient and four partner focus groups. Qualitative content analysis identified five themes: knowledge of sleep apnea, effects of sleep apnea, effects of CPAP, barriers and facilitators of CPAP, and ideas for a new user support program. Patients and partners emphasized the importance of partner involvement in the early CPAP treatment period. These data suggest consideration of a couple-oriented approach to improving CPAP adherence.</p>

Alternate JournalBehav Sleep Med
PubMed ID25203283
PubMed Central IDPMC4363003
Grant ListU01AR52155 / AR / NIAMS NIH HHS / United States
K02AG039412 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 AR052155 / AR / NIAMS NIH HHS / United States
K23HL1058870 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
K23 HL105887 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
K02 AG039412 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States