Patient adherence and replenishment

Patient adherence to therapy can be the biggest challenge for treating sleep apnea.

Research indicates that patients and their families are more likely to adapt to and continue therapy if they have:

  • proper equipment and training1-4
  • adequate number of caregivers1-4
  • a support system of experienced healthcare professionals.1-4

At ResMed, we agree that the best way to improve patient compliance is by using a multi-faceted approach, which includes:

Comfortable, easy-to-use and reliable equipment

ResMed’s therapy devices, masks and humidification technology give patients every opportunity for successful therapy.  

Effective patient education and consistent follow-up

This is vital to help maintain a patient’s confidence in the therapy they are receiving. AirView™ compliance monitoring allows across the board, real-time access to patient data for all care partners (HMEs, physicians, sleep labs) in one place—an easy and efficient way for all to proactively identify and address therapy adherence issues.

Involvement and support

It’s extremely important that patients feel that they are not isolated or walking this treatment path alone. Encourage your patients to join the Wake Up to Sleep program: a sleep apnea support community designed to help people along their entire journey – from awareness to diagnosis to successful treatment.

Patients can access free resources, read our blog about sleep apnea and connect with others on a similar journey. And the best part is, it’s absolutely FREE!

References

  • 01

    Oppenheimer EA. iVUN News 1997

  • 02

    Zozula et al. Curr Opin Pulm Med 2001

  • 03

    Hoy et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 1999

  • 04

    Chervin et al. Sleep 1997

Equipment replacement and compliance

Timely equipment replacement is critical in helping patients stay compliant and comfortable during therapy.

Take the time to educate your patients on knowing when and how to replace components of their products, and how this relates to comfort and therapy effectiveness.

Let them know that manufacturers recommend regular parts replacement, and remind them of their insurance coverage and eligibility.

See ResMed’s replacement guidelines.

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