Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Evaluation & Management

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Nearly 22 million Americans are affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), making it the most common sleep disorder. Patients with undiagnosed and untreated OSA are at increased risk for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health consequences and excessive daytime sleepiness. Here’s how you can address the symptoms and complications that make OSA a major public health concern­, and as a result, decrease economic burdens and increase quality of life.



CE/CME No: CR-1508

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Explain the diagnostic criteria and clinical presentation of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
• Discuss the common screening questionnaires used in clinical practice to identify patients at risk for OSA.
• Describe the common comorbidities associated with OSA.
• Identify the features of pharyngeal structures used in the modified Mallampati classification.
• Know how to provide support and education for the patient in regard to treatment options, weight loss, residual daytime sleepiness, and smoking and alcohol cessation.

Bonnie Dadig is the Chair and Program Director of the Georgia Regents University (GRU) Physician Assistant Department and a PA in the GRU Department of Family Medicine outpatient clinic, Augusta. Morgan Edwards is a recently graduated PA student from GRU. The authors have no financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of August 2015.

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