Endorsement of: "treatment of adult obstructive sleep apnea with positive airway pressure: an American academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline" by World Sleep Society

Sleep Med. 2022 Jan:89:19-22. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2021.10.007. Epub 2021 Oct 15.


Guidelines for the evaluation and management of sleep disorders from national societies provide recommendations that may be regionally appropriate but may not always be practical or relevant in other parts of the world. A task force of experts from the World Sleep Society's (WSS) International Sleep Medicine Guidelines Committee and Sleep and Breathing Disorders Taskforce reviewed the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's Clinical Practice Guideline on the Treatment of Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with Positive Airway Pressure with respect to its relevance and applicability to the practice of sleep medicine by sleep specialists in various regions of the world. To improve the evaluation of the guideline, surveys were sent by the senior author and the WSS to approximately 800 sleep doctors around the world to query the availability of OSA treatments in their respective region. The task force and the WSS guidelines committee endorsed the AASM's CPAP guidelines with respect to the indications for PAP therapy, utilization of different PAP modalities, and concurrent strategies to improve outcomes, noting appropriate caveats for universal applicability.

Keywords: APAP; Bilevel; CPAP; OSA; Polysomnography.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes
  • Adult
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • Humans
  • Polysomnography / methods
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration*
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive* / therapy
  • United States