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COVID-19-related changes in outpatient CPAP setup pathways for OSA are linked with decreased 30-day CPAP usage

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© 2022 BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. The COVID-19 pandemic changed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) setup pathways. We evaluated patients commenced on CPAP in 2019 (prepandemic) and 2020 (post-first UK wave). Face-to-face (F2F) setup numbers, with CPAP turned on, decreased from 613 patients (98.9%) in 2019, to 6 (1.1%) in 2020. In 2020, setups were F2F without CPAP turned on (403 (71.1%)), or remote (158 (27.9%)). Prepandemic median CPAP usage at first follow-up was 5.4 (2.7-6.9) hours/night and fell by 0.9 hours/night (95% CI 0.5 to 1.2, p<0.0001) in 2020. We found clinically relevant reductions in CPAP usage with pathway changes post-COVID-19.

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Author(s): Turnbull CD, Allen M, Appleby J, Brown R, Bryan N, Cooper A, Cooper BG, Gillooly C, Davidson J, Farley H, Gaspar A, Gibbons G, Gray B, Hill G, Kendrick A, Marsh B, McMillan A, Page J, Pepperell JCT, Quinnell T, Rogers C, Sexton J, Sheperd N, Steier J, Stockley J, Stradling J, Woroszyl A, West S, Wright S, Nickol A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Thorax

Year: 2022

Volume: 77

Issue: 8

Pages: 839-841

Print publication date: 01/08/2022

Online publication date: 09/05/2022

Acceptance date: 13/04/2022

ISSN (print): 0040-6376

ISSN (electronic): 1468-3296

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2021-218635

PubMed id: 35534153


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