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Economic & Social Costs of Sleep Apnea

Socioeconomic impact of OSA, specialty certifications, smoking cessation and more!

sleep apnea RS cover When obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) goes undiagnosed and untreated, it severely diminishes the quality of life for patients of all ages.

Patients who do not regularly receive proper medical care for their sleep apnea often end up needing costly emergency room visits, hospitalizations, frequent doctors' appointments, as well as other expensive treatments for comorbidities and related conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease and sudden cardiac death.

A big part of the problem is that many patients go undiagnosed and untreated or are incorrectly diagnosed and suboptimally treated. Healthcare costs of children with untreated OSA are 215% higher compared to children without OSA, for example. While one of the many hidden costs of untreated OSA patients of all ages is that they are much less productive in school and at work.

Read more in the cover story of this issue. Plus, find articles on topics of importance to respiratory care and sleep medicine professionals:

• 2016 Salary Survey Results, Part 2

• Specialty Certifications  

• Smoking Disparities in Racial & Ethnic Groups 

• Career Advice: Crucial Interview Mistakes

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