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Sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment in adults

Status: Decision completed

View findings and decision

Policy context

Concerns about efficacy, effectiveness and safety regarding treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Important questions remain regarding diagnosis of OSA; the linkage between OSA and other conditions and/or risks; whether intervention reduces negative outcomes; whether treatments such as CPAP and surgical procedures should be used as (1) preventive; (2) treatment for established conditions; or (3) avoidance of bad outcomes for established disease; effectiveness of interventions.

Primary criteria ranking

  • Safety = Medium
  • Efficacy = High
  • Cost = Medium

Assessment timeline

  • Draft report published: January 12, 2012
  • Public comment period: January 12 - 30, 2012
  • Final report published: February 15, 2012
  • HTCC public meeting: March 16, 2012