Knowledge of health professionals about obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in a private hospital in Recife




Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Knowledge, Health Professionals, Quiz


INTRODUCTION: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is characterized by recurrent complete or partial obstruction of the upper airways during sleep. Difficult to diagnose, it requires interdisciplinary attention from professionals working in the hospital network. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the knowledge of health professionals regarding obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, descriptive, quantitative study, carried out in a large private hospital in the city of Recife. To assess the level of knowledge of health professionals, a self-questionnaire was applied. Statistical analysis was performed using public software developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, EPI Info in version RESULTS: A total of 82 professionals participated in the study, including 22 nurses, 31 physiotherapists, 5 speech therapists and 24 doctors. Nursing knowledge showed a statistically significant difference in relation to other professions, in terms of the number of correct answers, with 63.45% of correct answers (p=<0.001). It was also found that the “diagnosis” category presented the lowest average number of correct answers among the evaluative categories (prevalence, anatomical structures, risk factor, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment). CONCLUSION: The level of knowledge about obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is low among the different categories of health professionals, which can lead to underdiagnosis and undertreatment. More dissemination and training on the topic need to be carried out.


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Knowledge of health professionals about obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in a private hospital in Recife. (2024). International Journal of Education and Health, 8, e5451.

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