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Carballo NJ, Alessi CA, Martin JL
Perceived effectiveness, self-efficacy, and social support for oral appliance therapy among older veterans with obstructive sleep apnea.
Adherence to oral appliance therapy may be influenced by patients' perceived effectiveness of the therapy, self-efficacy, and availability of social support. The researchers examined these perceptions among older adults with obstructive sleep apnea who were prescribed oral appliance therapy. They concluded that only about one third of older adults perceived it as an effective treatment, were confident about oral appliance use, and/or believed that they would receive needed support.
Citation: Carballo NJ, Alessi CA, Martin JL . Perceived effectiveness, self-efficacy, and social support for oral appliance therapy among older veterans with obstructive sleep apnea. Clin Ther 2016 Nov;38(11):2407-15. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2016.09.008.
Keywords: Sleep Apnea, Patient Adherence/Compliance, Sleep Problems, Veterans, Patient Self-Management