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Letters Sleep apnoea

Multidisciplinary community based approach needed

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 09 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2989
  1. Sarah L Hartley, sleep physician1,
  2. Sylvie Royant-Parola, community based sleep physician2
  1. 1Hôpital Poincaré, 92380 Garches, France
  2. 275016 Paris, France
  1. sarah.hartley{at}

    Gøtzsche and Berg describe the challenges faced by patients undergoing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for sleep apnoea.1 Patients have to accept not only that they have a chronic disease but that treatment is, in most cases, lifelong. They need considerable support in the early stages to overcome difficulties with the mask and machine. …

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