Clinical use of a home sleep apnea test: An American academy of sleep medicine position statement

Ilene M. Rosen, Douglas B. Kirsch, Ronald D. Chervin, Kelly A. Carden, Kannan Ramar, R. Nisha Aurora, David A. Kristo, Raman K. Malhotra, Jennifer L. Martin, Eric J. Olson, Carol L. Rosen, James A. Rowley

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The diagnosis and effective treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults is an urgent health priority. It is the position of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) that only a physician can diagnose medical conditions such as OSA and primary snoring. Throughout this statement, the term "physician" refers to a medical provider who is licensed to practice medicine. A home sleep apnea test (HSAT) is an alternative to polysomnography for the diagnosis of OSA in uncomplicated adults presenting with signs and symptoms that indicate an increased risk of moderate to severe OSA. It is also the position of the AASM that: the need for, and appropriateness of, an HSAT must be based on the patient's medical history and a face-to-face examination by a physician, either in person or via telemedicine; an HSAT is a medical assessment that must be ordered by a physician to diagnose OSA or evaluate treatment efficacy; an HSAT should not be used for general screening of asymptomatic populations; diagnosis, assessment of treatment efficacy, and treatment decisions must not be based solely on automatically scored HSAT data, which could lead to sub-optimal care that jeopardizes patient health and safety; and the raw data from the HSAT device must be reviewed and interpreted by a physician who is either board-certified in sleep medicine or overseen by a boardcertified sleep medicine physician.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1205-1207
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2017


  • HSAT
  • Home sleep apnea test
  • OSA
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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