11 Oct Local review of Sleep Questionnaires
MBS requirements and OSA in Brisbane: A recent review of Home Sleep Studies
The Wesley Hospital Sleep Disorders Centre performs in-lab and home diagnostic sleep studies.
We recently reviewed our home sleep study data, being guided by recent Australian review articles.
Results: We found that for patients with positive results meeting the MBS criteria, these tools were useful in flagging patients with OSA: 73.8% of patients who met the MBS requirements had confirmed OSA.
- 40% of the total home sleep studies did not meet the MBS criteria.
- 8% of patients who did not meet the MBS requirements were found to have OSA
- The average Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI) of patients not meeting MBS criteria was 19.5 events per hour of recorded sleep – consistent with (at least) moderate OSA
- 9% of patients who did not meet the MBS criteria, did so by failing the Epworth Sleepiness Score (ESS) requirement, which is subjective in nature.
Our findings from a local Brisbane population are consistent with those of the wider sleep community. It supports the conclusion that negative screening results should not rule out OSA in a primary/GP care setting.
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