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|Title:||Poor long-term patient compliance with the Tennis Ball Technique for treating positional obstructive sleep apnea|
|Citation:||The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 2009; 5(5):428-430|
|Publisher:||The American Academy of Sleep Medicine|
|James J. Bignold, Georgina Deans-Costi, Mitchell R. Goldsworthy, Claire A. Robertson, Douglas McEvoy, Peter G. Catcheside and Jeremy D. Mercer|
|Abstract:||Study Objectives: Little is known regarding long-term patient compliance with the tennis ball technique (TBT), one of the original simple methods of positional therapy (i.e., avoiding the supine posture during sleep) for posture-dependent obstructive sleep apnea patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate long-term patient compliance with TBT. Methods: A follow-up questionnaire was mailed to all patients prescribed TBT at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health between July 2004 and March 2008 (n = 108). Results: Sixty-seven patients replied to the questionnaire. Baseline demographic/clinical characteristics were not significantly different from non-respondents. Among the respondents, follow-up time was (mean ± SD) 2.5 ± 1.0 years. Four (6.0%) reported they were still using TBT (group A); 9 (13.4%) were no longer using TBT, claiming to have learned to avoid the supine position during sleep (group B); and 54 (80.6%) were neither using TBT nor avoiding the supine posture (group C). The main reason for ceasing TBT use in group C was that TBT was too uncomfortable (34/54 patients). Conclusions: Long-term patient compliance with TBT appears to be very poor, with less than 10% of patients reporting continued use (group A) ~30 months after prescription. With most TBT non-compliers reporting it to be too uncomfortable, alternative forms of positional therapy appear to be needed.|
|Keywords:||Obstructive sleep apnea|
tennis ball technique
|Appears in Collections:||Aurora harvest 5|
Molecular and Biomedical Science publications
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