Patient and Partner Experiences With Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP Treatment: A Qualitative Analysis

Faith S. Luyster, Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, Mark S. Aloia, Lynn M. Martire, Daniel J. Buysse, Patrick J. Strollo

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Abstract

Few studies have investigated factors associated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for sleep apnea from the patients’ and their partners’ perspective. This qualitative research study explored patients’ and partners’ experiences of CPAP and facilitators and barriers to CPAP use, and elicited suggestions for a first-time CPAP user program. Data from 27 participants were collected via four sleep apnea patient and four partner focus groups. Qualitative content analysis identified five themes: knowledge of sleep apnea, effects of sleep apnea, effects of CPAP, barriers and facilitators of CPAP, and ideas for a new user support program. Patients and partners emphasized the importance of partner involvement in the early CPAP treatment period. These data suggest consideration of a couple-oriented approach to improving CPAP adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-84
Number of pages18
JournalBehavioral Sleep Medicine
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology

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