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A comparison of physician and patient perception of the problems of habitual snoring

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Janet WilsonORCiD


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Assumptions are often made by doctors about the nature of the impact of uncomplicated snoring. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive view of the problems experienced by snoring patients, and to compare these with the perceptions of otolaryngologists. Part 1: 121 snorers and 419 otolaryngologists completed open-ended problems lists; Part 2: 56 snorers and 63 matched controls completed a mood questionnaire and the Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital State (GRIMS.) There was a clear agreement between snorers and otolaryngologists that sleep-related difficulties comprise the most frequent category of problems that may result from snoring. Snorers report a significantly greater number of physical problems and significantly fewer relationship problems than perceived by otolaryngologists. GRIMS scores were similar in patients and controls. Snorers, however, were significantly more depressed. Doctors appear to address snoring from the twin perspectives of damaged relationships and possible sleep apnoea. Their patients are more concerned about disturbing the sleep of others and are subject to low mood. The snorers' 25 different responses are now being used as the basis for a Snoring Symptom Index.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Scott S, Ah-See K, Richardson H, Wilson JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Otolaryngology and Allied Sciences

Year: 2003

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 18-21

Print publication date: 01/02/2003

ISSN (print): 0307-7772

ISSN (electronic): 1749-4486

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2273.2003.00651.x

PubMed id: 12580874


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