OSA: Improve Results

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Improving Patient Outcomes in the Primary Care Setting

CME Information


Program Overview

Most care takes place in the primary care setting, and sleep disorders are no exception. Although 30% of the general population report symptoms of sleep disruption and greater than 50% of primary care patients have sleep complaints, there is documented under-treatment of sleep-related disorders. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is highly prevalent within the primary care community, affecting one in five adults in some populations, and is one of the most disruptive and dangerous of sleep-related disorders.[1,2]

The associations of OSA with increased morbidity, mortality, and diminished quality of life are well documented. Untreated OSA is associated with, among other conditions, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), cognitive impairment, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric illnesses, accidents, hypertension, and overall shortened life expectancy. This activity will address diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of OSA in the primary care setting.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to

  1. Recognize the risk factors, comobidities, signs, and symptoms of OSA
  2. Order the appropriate test to confirm the diagnosis of OSA
  3. Employ a management plan for patients being treated for OSA to increase adherence
  4. Address residual symptoms and comorbidities in regular follow-up visits


This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.



  1. Young T, Peppard PE, Gottlieb DJ. Epidemiology of obstructive sleep apnea: a population health perspective. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002;165(9):1217-39.
  2. Young T, Shahar E, Nieto F, et al. Predictors of sleep-disordered breathing in community-dwelling adults: the Sleep Heart Health Study. Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(8):893-900.