This Week in Sleep Medicine: January 7, 2020
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
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Year in Review
December 30, 2019
From the blog post: “As we look towards 2020, we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of what we’ve been up to in 2019. We couldn’t have done it without your support! We look forward to how we can better serve the narcolepsy community in the future.”
Takeaway: These folks definitely get the message out, judging by their year-end roundup of activities. Kudos to the NN for all the good work they do to raise awareness of, raise funds to spur research for, and provide support for people with narcolepsy.
Semistructured Motivational Interviews of Patients and Caregivers to Improve CPAP Adherence: A Qualitative Analysis
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE
December 15, 2019
From the research study: “Our findings suggest that patients’ and caregivers’ positive experiences of PAP could be enhanced by a patient-centered interaction and that it was important to explicitly address their fears and concerns to further enhance use of PAP. Not only could caregiver support play a role in improving PAP adherence but also the peer coaching session has the potential of providing a socially supportive environment in motivating adherence to PAP treatment.”
Takeaway: In other words, a more humane, patient-facing relationship that takes into account health literacy (or lack of), emotional decision making, and other kinds of obstacles, including cultural ones, could potential enhance the whole process of transitioning newly diagnosed OSA patients to PAP therapy. I say, why not give it a try? Patients and healthcare professionals are still people first.