Project BREATHE is a continuation of an earlier study conducted by Dr. Mark S. Aloia at Brown University. Its purpose is to investigate the efficacy of a psychosocial intervention designed to affect adherence to Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) treatment, the intervention of choice for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious condition with both medical and psychological consequences. The most common form of treatment for OSA, Positive Airway Pressure (PAP), is highly effective but treatment adherence is poor. Project BREATHE aims to improve adherence by providing trained clinicians to specialize in Motivational Enhancement Therapy, as well as Educational Therapy. Changes in aspects of life that are affected by OSA care measured for each OSA suffer by a series of tests to monitor changes in vigilance, executive functioning, memory, mood, sleepiness, and functional status. Utilizing specialized CPAP monitoring devices National Jewish Health is able to monitor an individual’s adherence throughout each night. BREATHE strives to not only improve CPAP adherence but also to increase the effectiveness of overall treatment and health.