Dr. Caroline Minville, Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Québec, QC

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a major public health problem and is highly prevalent. In-laboratory polysomnography is the gold standard test for OSA diagnosis but its access is limited and costly. Home sleep studies are now frequently utilized as an alternative diagnostic test for OSA because they are less expensive to deploy and more accessible although they are less sensitive and specific than PSG. This presentation will describe a diagnostic approach for OSA in adults. It will explain the advantages and limitations of home sleep testing based on the latest evidence and on the new CTS Sleep Disordered Breathing Guideline, which will also be presented.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between sleep apnea diagnostic tests and their respective limitations;
  • Recognize the role and the place of home sleep testing to diagnose OSA in adults; and
  • Choose the most appropriate diagnostic approach for their patients based on the latest evidence as presented in the new CTS Sleep Disordered Breathing Guideline