Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common chronic disease with an estimated population prevalence of 10% (about 400,000 Albertans), and evidence suggests that 80% of OSA remains undiagnosed. It is associated with poor quality of life, increased risk of motor vehicle crashes and, in severe cases, increased cardiovascular risk. In addition to these adverse health and public safety consequences, patients with OSA make greater use of the healthcare system. Untreated OSA has irreversible developmental impact on children and reduces productivity in all ages. Treatment of OSA provides clinical benefit and is cost-effective.
Primary health care providers and chronic disease clinicians are uniquely positioned in sleep disorders care; thank you for recognizing the importance of sleep disorders within your practice and for all you do to lead and support your patients in their journey towards diagnosis and successful treatment of sleep disordered breathing.