Screening for obstructive sleep apnea in adults us preventive services task force recommendation statement

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, David C. Grossman, Susan J. Curry, Karina W. Davidson, John W. Epling, Francisco A.R. Garcia, Jessica Herzstein, Alex R. Kemper, Alex H. Krist, Ann E. Kurth, C. Seth Landefeld, Carol M. Mangione, William R. Phillips, Maureen G. Phipps, Michael P. Pignone, Michael Silverstein, Chien Wen Tseng

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IMPORTANCE Based on data from the 1990s, estimated prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the United States is 10% for mild OSA and 3.8% to 6.5%for moderate to severe OSA; current prevalence may be higher, given the increasing prevalence of obesity. Severe OSA is associated with increased all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular events, diabetes, cognitive impairment, decreased quality of life, and motor vehicle crashes. OBJECTIVE To issue a new US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for OSA in asymptomatic adults. EVIDENCE REVIEW The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on the accuracy, benefits, and potential harms of screening for OSA in asymptomatic adults seen in primary care, including those with unrecognized symptoms. The USPSTF also evaluated the evidence on the benefits and harms of treatment of OSA on intermediate and final health outcomes. FINDINGS The USPSTF found insufficient evidence on screening for or treatment of OSA in asymptomatic adults or adults with unrecognized symptoms. Therefore, the USPSTF was unable to determine the magnitude of the benefits or harms of screening for OSA or whether there is a net benefit or harm to screening. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATION The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for OSA in asymptomatic adults. (I statement).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 24 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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