A preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of a sleep apnea education program

Smith, SS, Lang, CP, Sullivan, KA and Warren, J (2004) A preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of a sleep apnea education program. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 56 2: 245-249. doi:10.1016/S0022-3999(03)00545-2

Author Smith, SS
Lang, CP
Sullivan, KA
Warren, J
Title A preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of a sleep apnea education program
Journal name Journal of Psychosomatic Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3999
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0022-3999(03)00545-2
Volume 56
Issue 2
Start page 245
End page 249
Total pages 5
Editor F. Creed
C. Shapiro
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
780108 Behavioural and cognitive sciences
Abstract Objectives: This study aimed to evaluate a standardised sleep apnea patient education program and develop a study design that may be used to evaluate other such education programs. Method: Thirty-four adults diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) underwent a standard sleep apnea education program and completed measures of knowledge of and beliefs about sleep apnea before, after, and 3 months following education. Two outcome measures were used: the Apnea Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Apnea Beliefs Scale (ABS). Results: AKT results showed significant knowledge gains posteducation, which were maintained at follow-up. Patients also reported more positive beliefs about their ability to change their behaviour and comply with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment recommendations after education. Discussion: Findings from this preliminary investigation suggest that the education program used in this study may improve patients' knowledge of CPAP and promote functional beliefs about OSAHS treatment. This program clearly warrants further research, and ultimately such programs may prove important in improving CPAP compliance. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Psychiatry
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Hypopnea Syndrome
Apnea Knowledge Test
Apnea Beliefs Scale
Apnea Education
Health Beliefs
Positive Airway Pressure
Q-Index Code C1

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