Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


LacK of awareness of the complication and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among prov1d~rs and their patients may lead to inadequate prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies. This article will evaluate and synthesize the evidence regarding the complications of OSA, raise awareness of the seriousness of this disease, and highlight the recommended clinical management of OSA by nurse practitioners. Data sources that were used include Coloane Library, PubMed, and CINAI-IL. Clinical trials, systematic reviews, validation studies, and Meta analyses were reviewed. An in-depth search of the literature revealed very limited InfoMation geared toward nurse practitioners. Adequate screening for OSA can aid in diagnosis and treatment can be done to prevent further disease from occurring. Findings from this review may be used by nurse practitioners to promote evidence-based health promotion habits to improve sleep and quality of life

key words: obstructive sleep apnea, screening, treatment, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.