School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Sharon J. Kopis
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Primary Care, Screening Tools
Paulson, Lauren Ashley, "Improving Identification of High-Risk Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients in Primary Care: An Integrative Review" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2623.
Obstructive sleep apnea continues to be an area that is underdiagnosed and therefore undertreated. Left untreated, the condition is associated with increased morbidity and mortality as it can amplify the risk of multiple health conditions. Due to the negative impact of obstructive sleep apnea it is necessary for healthcare providers to provide timely detection. Primary care providers are in a position to identify high-risk individuals and refer them for further follow up testing. High-risk identification can be accomplished by integrating validated screening tools into patient assessments. This integrative review provides an overview of current screening tools for use in the primary care setting, barriers to screening adoption, and successful practices.