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VOLUME 20, ISSUE 09


Estimation Of The Clinically Diagnosed Proportion Of Sleep Apnea Syndrome In Middle-Aged Men And Women

Terry Young, Linda Evans, Laurel Finn and Mari Palta

Sleep and Respiration Research Group, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.



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Summary: The proportion of sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) in the general adult population that goes undiagnosed was estimated from a sample of 4,925 employed adults. Questionnaire data on doctor-diagnosed sleep apnea were followed up to ascertain the prevalence of diagnosed sleep apnea. In-laboratory polysomnography on a subset of 1,090 participants was used to estimate screen-detected sleep apnea. In this population, without obvious barriers to health care for sleep disorders, we estimate that 93% of women and 82% of men with moderate to severe SAS have not been clinically diagnosed. These findings provide a baseline for assessing health care resource needs for sleep apnea.
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