Systematic review of the literature regarding the diagnosis of sleep apnea

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Record ID 32000008237
Authors' objectives:

The objective was to establish the evidence base for diagnosing sleep apnea (SA) in adult patients using systematic review methods. Tests covered were sleep monitoring devices, radiological imaging, laboratory assays, and clinical signs and symptoms posited for use in screening or diagnosing SA. The standard sleep lab polysomnography (PSG) was the gold standard.

Authors' recommendations: The best available evidence from literature sources suggests the diagnosis of SA is still best accomplished with full PSG. Progress has been made in establishing reasonable sensitivity and specificity of tests other than full PSG, and future researchers should focus on building this evidence base. Standardization of terms and diagnostic criteria is an absolute requirement to expedite development and enhance the utility of this literature to the full.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: United States
MeSH Terms
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Organisation Name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Contact Address: Center for Outcomes and Evidence Technology Assessment Program, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850, USA. Tel: +1 301 427 1610; Fax: +1 301 427 1639;
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