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Sleep Apnea Clinical Score, Berlin Questionnaire, or Epworth Sleepiness Scale: which is the best obstructive sleep apnea predictor in patients with COPD?

Faria AC, da Costa CH, Rufino R - Int J Gen Med (2015)

Bottom Line: Fourteen patients (15.4%) had a high probability of OSA by SACS, 32 (32.5%) had a high probability by BQ, and 37 (40.7%) had excessive diurnal somnolence according to the ESS.From the 24 patients who underwent PSG, OSA diagnosis was confirmed in five (20.8%), according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria.SACS performance was significantly better, with an area under the curve of 0.82 (95% CI: 0.606-0.943, P=0.02).

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Affiliation: Cardiopulmonology Department, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The Sleep Apnea Clinical Score (SACS) and the Berlin Questionnaire (BQ) are used to predict the likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) is used to assess daytime sleepiness, a common OSA symptom. These clinical tools help prioritize individuals with the most severe illness regarding on whom polysomnography (PSG) should be performed. It is necessary to check the applicability of these tools in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this study is to compare SACS, BQ, and ESS performance in patients with COPD.

Methods: The SACS, BQ, and ESS were applied to 91 patients with COPD. From this group, 24 underwent PSG. In this transversal study, these three tests were compared regarding their likelihood to predict OSA in patients with COPD using receiver-operating characteristic curve statistics.

Results: In this sample, 58 (63.7%) patients were men, and their mean age was 69.4±9.6 years. Fourteen patients (15.4%) had a high probability of OSA by SACS, 32 (32.5%) had a high probability by BQ, and 37 (40.7%) had excessive diurnal somnolence according to the ESS. From the 24 patients who underwent PSG, OSA diagnosis was confirmed in five (20.8%), according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria. BQ and ESS did not accurately predict OSA in this group of patients with COPD, with a receiver-operating characteristic curve area under the curves of 0.54 (95% CI: 0.329-0.745, P=0.75) and 0.69 (95% CI: 0.47-0.860, P=0.10), respectively. SACS performance was significantly better, with an area under the curve of 0.82 (95% CI: 0.606-0.943, P=0.02).

Conclusion: SACS was better than BQ and ESS in predicting OSA in this group of patients with COPD.

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Flowchart of recruitment.Abbreviations: BQ, Berlin Questionnaire; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ESS, Epworth Sleepiness Scale; PSG, polysomnography; SACS, Sleep Apnea Clinical Score.
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f1-ijgm-8-275: Flowchart of recruitment.Abbreviations: BQ, Berlin Questionnaire; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ESS, Epworth Sleepiness Scale; PSG, polysomnography; SACS, Sleep Apnea Clinical Score.

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Sleep Apnea Clinical Score, Berlin Questionnaire, or Epworth Sleepiness Scale: which is the best obstructive sleep apnea predictor in patients with COPD?

Faria AC, da Costa CH, Rufino R - Int J Gen Med (2015)

Flowchart of recruitment.Abbreviations: BQ, Berlin Questionnaire; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ESS, Epworth Sleepiness Scale; PSG, polysomnography; SACS, Sleep Apnea Clinical Score.
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f1-ijgm-8-275: Flowchart of recruitment.Abbreviations: BQ, Berlin Questionnaire; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ESS, Epworth Sleepiness Scale; PSG, polysomnography; SACS, Sleep Apnea Clinical Score.
Mentions: The questionnaires were presented to all 206 patients with COPD (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: Fourteen patients (15.4%) had a high probability of OSA by SACS, 32 (32.5%) had a high probability by BQ, and 37 (40.7%) had excessive diurnal somnolence according to the ESS.From the 24 patients who underwent PSG, OSA diagnosis was confirmed in five (20.8%), according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria.SACS performance was significantly better, with an area under the curve of 0.82 (95% CI: 0.606-0.943, P=0.02).

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Cardiopulmonology Department, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The Sleep Apnea Clinical Score (SACS) and the Berlin Questionnaire (BQ) are used to predict the likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) is used to assess daytime sleepiness, a common OSA symptom. These clinical tools help prioritize individuals with the most severe illness regarding on whom polysomnography (PSG) should be performed. It is necessary to check the applicability of these tools in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this study is to compare SACS, BQ, and ESS performance in patients with COPD.

Methods: The SACS, BQ, and ESS were applied to 91 patients with COPD. From this group, 24 underwent PSG. In this transversal study, these three tests were compared regarding their likelihood to predict OSA in patients with COPD using receiver-operating characteristic curve statistics.

Results: In this sample, 58 (63.7%) patients were men, and their mean age was 69.4±9.6 years. Fourteen patients (15.4%) had a high probability of OSA by SACS, 32 (32.5%) had a high probability by BQ, and 37 (40.7%) had excessive diurnal somnolence according to the ESS. From the 24 patients who underwent PSG, OSA diagnosis was confirmed in five (20.8%), according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria. BQ and ESS did not accurately predict OSA in this group of patients with COPD, with a receiver-operating characteristic curve area under the curves of 0.54 (95% CI: 0.329-0.745, P=0.75) and 0.69 (95% CI: 0.47-0.860, P=0.10), respectively. SACS performance was significantly better, with an area under the curve of 0.82 (95% CI: 0.606-0.943, P=0.02).

Conclusion: SACS was better than BQ and ESS in predicting OSA in this group of patients with COPD.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus