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Clinician's Guide to PAP Adherence

The AARC and its members have long recognized that patient adherence for management of sleep-disordered breathing is at an unacceptable level—about 50% discontinue positive airway pressure therapy within the first year. The AARC has developed the following guide to train clinicians how to communicate with sleep patients, identify reasons why adherence is poor, and intercede with interventions that may improve compliance.

Successful completion of this course requires a score of 70% on the post-test.

**Please note that this program requires the participant to view the entire intro video prior to taking the final quiz and obtaining a course certificate.**

Approved for 4.00 CRCE Hours.


Cite the risk factors commonly associated with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB)
Identify the cardiovascular comorbidities frequently associated with SDB in adults
Explain the mechanism by which SDB is thought to lead to or aggravate Type 2 diabetes
Given a comorbidity commonly associated with SDB, explain how treatment for SDB may result in improvement of the comorbid condition
Recognize the common history and physical findings that lead to strong suspicion of an SDB diagnosis
Cite the criteria that must be met to establish a definitive diagnosis for SDB
Describe the limitations of portable home SDB studies
Describe the basic differences between types of positive airway pressure (PAP) devices used to treat SDB
List the indications, contraindications, and benefits of PAP therapy
List common barriers to effective PAP therapy
Identify common problems reported by patients receiving PAP therapy and recognize possible causes and solutions to these problems
Identify needs to be considered when offering interface options to the patient to maximize comfortable and proper fit
Describe the most effective method of introducing a patient to PAP
Describe the "Ask-Provide-Ask" patient interaction technique
Describe the four basic skills of motivational interviewing

Clinician's Guide to PAP Adherence

Speaker Information

Karen Allen CRT, RPGST
Suzanne Bollig BHS, RRT, RPGST, R.EEG.T
Paul Seleky MD, FAARC
Thomas Smalling PhD, RRT, RPFT, RPGST, FAARC

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