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Patient adherence and replenishment
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Patient adherence and replenishment

Patient adherence to therapy can be the biggest challenge for treating respiratory and sleep conditions.

Research indicates that patients and their families feel more supported when they receive:

  • proper equipment and training1
  • an adequate number of caregivers1
  • a support system of experienced healthcare professionals1

Research indicates that patient education on CPAP use and compliance is directly related to:

  • Education
  • Equipment: Correct size/type
  • Comfort: Fit and interface
  • Support and Follow up

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

Recent Empirical studies show there is some evidence that educational interventions and cognitive behavioural therapy do improve CPAP usage.2, 3

Equipment replacement and compliance

Timely equipment replacement helps patients stay more comfortable and therefore can increase compliance 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 potential private health insurance benefits.

See ResMed's replacement guidelines.


  1. Allen K.Y., Bollig S., Selecky P.A., & Smalling T. “The Clinician’s Guide to PAP Adherence” American Association for Respiratory Care 2009.
  2. Smith I et al. Educational, supportive and behavioural interventions to improve usage of continuous positive airway pressure machines for adults with obstructive sleep apnoea (Review). The Cochrane Collaboration 2009.
  3. Bue A.L., Salvaggio A., Isidoro S.I., Romano S., Marrone O., & Insalaco G. 2014. ‘Usefulness of reinforcing interventions on continuous positive airway pressure compliance’ BMC Pulmonary Medicine, Vol. 14, no. 78