Home Sleep Studies vs. Overnight In-Lab Sleep Studies

By bpohl • October 28th, 2011

There is a recent trend to utilize home sleep studies instead of in-lab sleep studies for the diagnosis of sleep apnea.  One can find articles encouraging both. However, the accuracy of home sleep studies has not been proven, especially for decision-making for treatment.

The decision to use a home a study rather an in-lab study should be made very carefully because it may be a waste of resources and not totally accurate.  This choice should be made with the input of an experienced sleep doctor and the patient.

Therapeutic Decision-making for Sleep Apnea and Hypopnea Syndrome Using Home Respiratory Polygraphy” by Juan F Masa, et al.

American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, October 15, 2011



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