Maximizing positive airway pressure adherence in adults: a common-sense approach

Chest. 2013 Aug;144(2):680-693. doi: 10.1378/chest.12-2681.


Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is considered the most efficacious treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially moderate to severe OSA, and remains the most commonly prescribed. Yet suboptimal adherence presents a challenge to sleep-medicine clinicians. The purpose of the current review is to highlight the efficacy of published interventions to improve PAP adherence and to suggest a patient-centered clinical approach to enhancing PAP usage.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / physiopathology
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / therapy*