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A Comprehensive Treatment Program for Obese Adults Diagnosed With Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Pilot Study

McDoniel, Scott O. PhD, MEd; Hammond, R. Scott MD, FAAFP

doi: 10.1097/TIN.0b013e3181dbb7ff
APPROACHES TO OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY

The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the efficacy of a comprehensive treatment program for obese adults diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Participants received an individualized weight and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) behavioral counseling program over 12 weeks. Participants significantly reduced body weight and improved eating behavior, quality of life, and sleep duration (P ≤ .05). In addition, most participants indicated using the CPAP device 5 or more hours per night most days of the week. Based on these data, a comprehensive treatment program that incorporates weight reduction and CPAP behavior therapy appears efficacious for obese OSAS patients.

School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Dr McDoniel); and Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, Colorado (Dr Hammond).

Corresponding Author: Scott O. McDoniel, PhD, MEd, School of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Walden University, 155 Fifth Ave S, Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (scott.mcdoniel@waldenu.edu).

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.