A Wake-Up Call: Improving Recognition and Management of Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness – Tweetorial #3

 

 

PROVIDER STATEMENT

Provided by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc.

SUPPORTER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

TWEETORIAL FOCUS

Treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

OSA is a highly prevalent disorder that is growing in incidence in tandem with an obesity epidemic believed to be at the etiologic core of this chronic respiratory disorder. EDS is the most common (but not universal) symptom of OSA — it is also the most overlooked and neglected. While many healthcare providers (HCPs) are appropriately managing breathing obstruction with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), EDS often remains under-identified and unassessed, therefore chronically unaddressed.

Perhaps the assumption is that CPAP will resolve this bothersome issue or that EDS, in and of itself, is not significant enough to treat. Research reveals that both suppositions are incorrect. Studies have revealed that even regular, consistent use of CPAP does not diminish persistent sleepiness in up to half of OSA patients. Other research has revealed that disturbed sleep plays a strong role in the etiology of obesity and cardiovascular disease risk, both of which are common in patients with OSA. EDS also reduces quality of life (QOL) and ability to function well in daily life, while simultaneously increasing the risk for motor vehicle or workplace accidents. Outcomes for patients with OSA and EDS could be improved if physicians and other clinicians learned to acknowledge, ask about, and manage EDS in their OSA patients who continue to struggle with sleepiness despite adherence to CPAP.

FACULTY

Kori Ascher, DO
Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
University of Miami
Miami, Florida

 

Seema Khosla, MD
Medical Director
Sleep Medicine
North Dakota Center for Sleep
Fargo, North Dakota

Release date: December, 9, 2021
Expiration date: December, 9, 2022
Estimated time to complete activity: 15 minutes
TARGET AUDIENCE

This educational activity has been designed to meet the needs of sleep specialists, including neurologists, psychiatrists, and pulmonologists; primary care providers; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; and other healthcare professionals (HCPs) involved in the care of patients with residual EDS in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize available treatments for EDS in OSA, including their impact on daily function and quality of life
DIRECTIONS TO LEARNER

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of December 9, 2021 through December 9, 2022 participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 100%.

MEDIA

Internet

ACCREDITATION

Physician Continuing Education 

Accreditation Statement
Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CREDIT DESIGNATION

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. designates this other activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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For information about ACCME accreditation of this activity, please contact Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. at (855) 835-4004 or cme@integrityce.com.

DISCLOSURE OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they have with ineligible companies related to the content of these CME activities:

Kori Ascher, DO has no real or apparent conflicts of interest to disclose.

Seema Kholsa, MD
Stock: Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Consulting: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The Integrity Continuing Education, Inc. planners and managers have nothing to disclose.

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DISCLAIMER

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

 

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