Effect of speech therapy as adjunct treatment to continuous positive airway pressure on the quality of life of patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Effect of speech therapy as adjunct treatment to continuous positive airway pressure on the quality of life of patients with obstructive sleep apnea

Author Diaferia, Giovana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Badke, Luciana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Santos-Silva, Rogerio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Bommarito, Silvana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Tufik, Sergio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Bittencourt, Lia Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Background: Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) exhibit reduced quality of life (QoL) due to their daytime symptoms that restricted their social activities. the available data for QoL after treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) are inconclusive, and few studies have assessed QoL after treatment with speech therapy or other methods that increase the tonus of the upper airway muscles or with a combination of these therapies. the aim of our study was to assess the effect of speech therapy alone or combined with CPAP on QoL in patients with OSA using three different questionnaires.Methods: Men with OSA were randomly allocated to four treatment groups: placebo, 24 patients had sham speech therapy; speech therapy, 27 patients had speech therapy; CPAP, 27 patients had treatment with CPAP; and combination, 22 patients had treatment with CPAP and speech therapy. All patients were treated for 3 months. Participants were assessed before and after treatment and after 3 weeks of a washout period using QoL questionnaires (Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire [FOSQ], World Health Organization Quality of Life [WHOQoL-Bref], and Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey [SF-36]). Additional testing measures included an excessive sleepiness scale (Epworth sleepiness scale [ESS]), polysomnography (PSG), and speech therapy assessment.Results: A total of 100 men aged 48.1 +/- 11.2 (mean +/- standard deviation) years had a body mass index (BMI) of 27.4 +/- 4.9 kg/m(2), an ESS score of 12.7 +/- 3.0, and apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 30.9 +/- 20.6. After treatment, speech therapy and combination groups showed improvement in the physical domain score of the WHOQoL-Bref and in the functional capacity domain score of the SF-36.Conclusions: Our results suggest that speech therapy alone as well as in association with CPAP might be an alternative treatment for the improvement of QoL in patients with OSA. (c) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords Quality of life
Obstructive sleep apnea
Continuous positive airway pressure
Speech therapy
Language English
Sponsor Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
Associacao Fundo de Incentivo a Pesquisa (AFIP)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2013-07-01
Published in Sleep Medicine. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 14, n. 7, p. 628-635, 2013.
ISSN 1389-9457 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 628-635
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2013.03.016
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000321699400009
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/36501

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