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Insomnia, Sleep Apnea Common in Veterans with OA

BMC Musculoskelet Disord; ePub 2018 Mar 9; Taylor, et al

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) symptoms were very common in veterans with osteoarthritis (OA), according to a recent study, and a substantial proportion of individuals with symptoms may have gone undiagnosed. In addition, characteristics associated with insomnia and OSA symptoms were consistent with prior studies. Veterans (n=300) enrolled in a clinical trial completed the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and the Berlin Questionnaire (BQ) at baseline; proportions of participants with symptoms consistent with insomnia and OSA were calculated. Researchers found:

  • Symptoms consistent with insomnia and OSA were found in 53% and 66% of this sample, respectively.
  • Among participants screening positive for insomnia and OSA, diagnosis codes for these disorders were present in the electronic medical record for 22% and 51%, respectively.
  • Characteristics associated with insomnia were lower age, having a PTSD diagnosis, greater pain severity, and greater depressive symptoms.
  • Characteristics associated with OSA were higher BMI, greater depressive symptoms, and opioid use.

Taylor SS, Hughes JM, Coffman, CJ, et al. Prevalence of and characteristics associated with insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea among veterans with knee and hip osteoarthritis. [Published online ahead of print March 9, 2018]. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. doi:10.1186/s12891-018-1993-y.

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