Veterans HealthScreening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Veterans Seeking Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress DisorderForbus, Lauren BSN, RN; Kelly, Ursula A. PhD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BCAuthor Information Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Decatur, Georgia; and Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Lauren Forbus, BSN, RN, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Rd (#118), Decatur, GA 30033 ([email protected]; [email protected]). This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Sharon McCullough, MSW, and Maria Briscione assisted with data management. Ms Forbus conducted this study and prepared the manuscript for publication under the mentorship of Dr Kelly, who provided consultation on study design, measurement, analysis, and interpretation of study results, and assistance with manuscript preparation. The author declares no potential conflict of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Advances in Nursing Science: October/December 2015 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 298-305 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000091 Buy Metrics Abstract Disrupted sleep is an often intractable symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); however, non–PTSD-related causes of disrupted sleep are rarely considered in clinical practice. Study objectives were to determine obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) risk among veterans seeking PTSD treatment and to investigate the relationship between OSA risk and PTSD symptom severity. Veterans (N = 264; 25.8% female) completed measures of PTSD symptoms and OSA risk factors. The rate of OSA risk was 72.7% for the whole sample, 77.2% among men, and 59.7% among women. OSA risk was not significantly correlated with PTSD symptom severity. Detection and treatment of OSA in veterans with PTSD may result in decreased insomnia in affected individuals. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.