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The Clinical Takeaway: Home Assessments – Thoughts on Home Based Sleep Disorders

The Clinical Takeaway: Home Assessments – Thoughts on Home Based Sleep Disorders

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The Clinical Takeaway: Home Assessments – Thoughts on home based sleep disorders

 

 

In this episode:

 

– The pathway for suspected OSA in a patient is not simply to do a sleep study and prescribe a CPAP
– Sleepiness is a complex issue and we need to explore the clinical context and other possibilities before arriving at the decision to perform a sleep study
– GPs need to know how to use and interpret the results of a home sleep study and will probably need the input of a sleep physician to translate the results into a meaningful management plan
– A Level 2 12-channel study is most informative and Medicare rebatable if the patient fits the criteria. However, GPs need to be able to interpret the results to ensure they are valid
– Commercial vehicle drivers with sleepiness should be referred to sleep physicians

 

 

Host: Dr David Lim, GP

 

 

Guest: Dr Anup Desai, Sleep & Respiratory Physician; Medical Director, Sydney Sleep Centre

 

 

Total time: 43 mins

 
 

 

 

 


 

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