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An evaluation of heart failure clinicians' knowledge, attitudes and clinical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea

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posted on 04.12.2020, 16:01 by Lizelle Bernhardt, Emer M Brady, Noelle Robertson, Iain B Squire
Background/aims
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a public health problem that remains under recognised. Despite obstructive sleep apnoea being associated with the incidence and progression of heart failure, clinician awareness is lacking within and across clinical specialities. This study aimed to evaluate heart failure clinicians' knowledge, attitudes and clinical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Methods
This study used a web-based, cross-sectional survey, using the modified Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Knowledge and Attitudes questionnaire among heart failure clinicians in the UK.

Results
The survey was completed by 102 heart failure clinicians. Out of a possible score of 37, the median knowledge scores were 29 (78%; interquartile range 26–31), 26 (70%; interquartile range 22–28) and 18 (49%; interquartile range 16.5–23.5) for doctors, nurses and pharmacists, respectively. The majority of doctors and nurses felt that obstructive sleep apnoea was important; however, confidence in the identification and management of obstructive sleep apnoea was low across all three groups of clinicians.

Conclusions
There is a knowledge deficit regarding the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea among heart failure clinicians.

Funding

This study was co-funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East Midlands (CLAHRC EM), now recommissioned as NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands (ARC EM) and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust - Raising Health Charitable Funds Award; and supported by the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre.

History

Citation

British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, Vol. 15, No. 7, https://doi.org/10.12968/bjca.2020.0079

Author affiliation

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

British Journal of Cardiac Nursing

Volume

15

Issue

7

Pagination

1 - 16

Publisher

Mark Allen Group

eissn

2052-2207

Acceptance date

29/06/2020

Copyright date

2020

Available date

02/01/2021

Language

en