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Title: Sleep disordered breathing and polysomnography in Australia: trends in provision from 2005 to 2012 and the impact of home-based diagnosis.
Authors: Woods, Cindy E
Usher, Kim J
Jersmann, Hubertus
Maguire, Graeme Paul
Affiliation: School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University Cairns, Queensland, Australia ; School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland Australia..
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland Australia..
Alice Springs Hospital, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia ; Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia..
School of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University Cairns, Queensland, Australia ; Alice Springs Hospital, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia ; Baker IDI Central Australia, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia..
Issue Date: 15-Jul-2014
Citation: Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 2014-07-15; 10(7): 767-72
Abstract: To describe the growth of publicly funded polysomnography (PSG) in Australia since 2004 and to compare this with earlier growth. Longitudinal census-level data stratified by jurisdiction were retrieved from the Medicare Australia online database. There has been a near doubling in provision of PSG since the introduction of publicly funded in-home PSG under the Australian national Medicare program available to all Australian citizens in 2008. Overall annual PSG rates have risen from 339 in 2005 to 608 in 2012 per 100,000. This growth has exceeded that of comparable diagnostic procedures and all Medicare services overall. Queensland remains the leading jurisdiction per 100,000 Medicare enrollees for accessing Medicare-funded PSG. The continued growth in publicly funded PSG provision in Australia is unlikely to abate. The disparity in Australia between the estimated prevalence of sleep disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea, and the number of people having PSGs would suggest there remain a large number of undiagnosed cases. Support for the development of appropriate diagnostic and screening algorithms will be key in ensuring sustainable, effective, efficient, and accessible PSG services.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10329
DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.3868
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Australia
Medicare
diagnostic services
longitudinal study
polysomnography
sleep apnea
Australia
Databases, Factual
Female
Home Care Services
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Middle Aged
National Health Programs
Polysomnography
Sleep Apnea Syndromes
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