Medicare's sleep apnoea assessments deeply flawed, say specialists

More than half of patients might be missed

The sleep apnoea questionnaires that determine whether GPs directly refer patients to MBS-funded sleep studies are unfit for purpose, specialists suggest.

Sleep apnoea / CPAP

Since October 2018, GPs have been allowed to directly refer patients who score eight or higher on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) plus meet minimum thresholds on one of three other assessments: STOP-BANG, the OSA-50 or the Berlin questionnaire.

But research published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday suggested that up to 64% of patients with clinically relevant obstructive sleep