Noteworthy: “Finances Not Primary Obstacle in CPAP Adherence”

In an article entitled “Finances Not Primary Obstacle in CPAP Adherence” published on January 11, 2016, Neurology Advisor reports that money isn’t necessarily what is turning patients off sleep apnea treatment.

“Living in an unfavorable neighborhood is not an obstacle to CPAP treatment among symptomatic patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea under a copayment health care system…overall CPAP acceptance rate was relatively low, suggesting that obstacles other than finances are primarily responsible.”

The authors of the research cited in Neurology Advisor’s article point out that of 58% of the 695 participants with severe obstructive sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness purchased a CPAP device and both participants from high-income and low-income neighborhoods accepted CPAP devices, though higher-income neighborhood inhabitants exhibited a slightly higher percentage of CPAP acquisition.

These findings suggest that at least at least 40% of the tested subjects with sleep apnea did not even take the initial step to try out the PAP therapy on the CPAP devices. This is not, in any way, a positive indicator of the proper steps for sleep apnea care that is effective with first time or experienced patients. Maybe those people that didn’t even look into CPAPs as a solution or they didn’t know where to start with There is always a chance that the process overwhelms them, but that’s why Breathe Medical is here to help. Our respiratory therapists are here to assist anyone trying to start or get through sleep apnea therapy successfully.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”spam” wrap=”span”] Whether or not you suspect that you have sleep apnea, consult your personal physician and see if you can qualify for a sleep study to determine if sleep apnea is really present. Next, if sleep apnea is present, contact Breathe Medical to have a dependable [tooltip title=”Durable Medical Equipment provider”]DME[/tooltip] for all the equipment and support you could need.

In an earlier Breathe Blog post, we mention that poor support system and mask or machine discomfort were the most prominent reasons sleep apnea treatment falls by the wayside. Nowhere do we mention finances as being a leading indicator of compliance or success. This is important to note because many people may be mistaken in thinking PAP therapy is costly and isn’t worth the financial investment. It is hard to put a price on one’s health, but getting the quality sleep you need to have a properly functioning body and mind is so vital to achieving your goals.

The quality of life you could have with restful sleep is invaluable.

Don’t hesitate to contact Breathe Medical at [highlight dark=”no”](866) 535-2727[/highlight] or [highlight dark=”no”]patientcare@breathemed.com[/highlight] if you think you need some extra support for starting sleep apnea therapy or if you have any questions at all! We are here to help you.