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Feasibility and parental perception of home sleep studies during COVID-19: a tertiary sleep centre experience


Objective Rapid implementation of home sleep studies during the first UK COVID-19 ‘lockdown’—completion rates, family feedback and factors that predict success.

Design We included all patients who had a sleep study conducted at home instead of as inpatient from 30 March 2020 to 30 June 2020. Studies with less than 4 hours of data for analysis were defined ‘unsuccessful’.

Results 137 patients were included. 96 underwent home respiratory polygraphy (HRP), median age 5.5 years. 41 had oxycapnography (O2/CO2), median age 5 years. 56% HRP and 83% O2/CO2 were successful. A diagnosis of autism predicted a lower success rate (29%) as did age under 5 years.

Conclusion Switching studies rapidly from an inpatient to a home environment is possible, but there are several challenges that include a higher failure rate in younger children and those with neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • sleep
  • COVID-19

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