Client perceptions of the polysomnography experience and compliance with therapy

Contemp Nurse. 2000 Jun;9(2):161-8. doi: 10.5172/conu.2000.9.2.161.


A grounded theory approach was used to generate theory about clients' perceptions of polysomnography, and the relationships between these perceptions and compliance with therapy. Interviews were conducted with two groups of clients: those who complied with recommended therapy (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) and those who did not. Compliance with suggested therapy appeared to be related to the degree of benefit derived by the client. In addition, there were problems with the process of diagnosis and follow-up that impacted on client satisfaction and may have influenced their compliance. These findings have highlighted issues which have been used to generate theories that will be tested in future research.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Polysomnography / psychology*
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / adverse effects
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / instrumentation
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / psychology*
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / standards
  • Quality of Life
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / psychology*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome