ResMed reveals demographic, clinical factors affect adherence to PAP therapy
ResMed revealed several demographic and clinical factors affect adherence to PAP - positive airway pressure - therapy, according to a study it presented at the American Thoracic Society's ATS 2019 International Conference. The study found significant differences in one-year adherence between people of different ages and disease severity levels: Men with sleep apnea are 8.5 percentage points more likely to stay adherent on PAP therapy than women. People over age 60 were 7.3 percentage points more adherent than the entire study cohort. People with self-reported severe sleep apnea were 78% adherent at the one-year mark, compared to 70.5% of those with self-reported moderate sleep apnea, and 65.2% of those with mild sleep apnea. medXcloud, a ResMed-assembled group of healthcare key opinion leaders, conducted the study, which examined de-identified data of 1,063,870 U.S. PAP users from ResMed's world-leading remote monitoring network, AirView. PAP users must have also been registered for the myAir patient engagement tool.