Last Updated : May 23, 2017
For as many as one in four Canadians living with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), their nightly ritual involves disturbed and restless sleep that leaves them exhausted during the day and facing a host of serious health problems.
Thankfully, a range of OSA treatment options is available, including lifestyle interventions like diet and exercise, and the use of medical devices or surgical interventions. But determining which option works best for individual patients remains a significant challenge and patient access to the different treatments varies across Canada.
To offer health care providers and policy-makers guidance on treating OSA, CADTH and its Health Technology Expert Review Panel (HTERP) have published new evidence-informed recommendations.
“Sleep apnea robs people of the quality rest that we know is essential to good health,” said Dr. Stirling Bryan, Chair of HTERP and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Centre. “This was top of mind for the Panel and we worked hard to give decision-makers recommendations that are guided by the best evidence and will help people living with OSA get the best possible outcomes from their treatment.”
On May 26, 2017 CADTH will host a special event in Ottawa to share the evidence and discuss the OSA recommendations. The session will also be livestreamed online. Featured speakers include:
The recommendations, supporting evidence reports, and an infographic are available online at www.cadth.ca/OSA.