CPAP shown to work for older sleep apnoea patients

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for older patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) reduces sleepiness and improves quality of life more than best supportive care alone, UK researchers report.

Their 12-month trial randomised 278 patients aged 65 years or older with newly diagnosed OSA to either CPAP with best supportive care (BSC) or BSC alone.

CPAP reduced the Epworth Sleepiness Score (ESS) by two points at 12 months for 116 of 140 patients compared with 122 of 138 patients who were