During a meeting at the recent ATS 2016 Conference, REG Collaborator Dr Mihaela Stefan proposed the creation of a new REG Working Group focussed on Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). The aim of the group would be to explore the implications on disease control and severity of having comorbid sleep apnoea in patients with other respiratory conditions (i.e. asthma, COPD). Real-world studies are required to target these patients as they are routinely excluded from trials.
The first study for consideration by the group would explore whether positive airway pressure (PAP) reduces the utilization of medical services in patients with obstructive lung disease (OLD), the hypothesis being that use of PAP will be associated with an improvement in outcomes in patients with OLD and coexistent OSA.
Discussions on the plans for initial studies will be ongoing throughout the summer, prior to the inaugural meeting of the REG OSA Working Group, which will be held in London during the ERS 2016 Conference in September.
If you are interested in helping to form the REG OSA Working Group as a Collaborator or a Supporter and wish to be kept informed about the details of the forthcoming OSA Working Group Meeting, please complete the form below