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Eur Respir J. 2018 Sep 16;52(3). pii: 1702616. doi: 10.1183/13993003.02616-2017. Print 2018 Sep.

Challenges and perspectives in obstructive sleep apnoea: Report by an ad hoc working group of the Sleep Disordered Breathing Group of the European Respiratory Society and the European Sleep Research Society.

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Institute of Pneumology at the University of Cologne, Bethanien Hospital, Clinic for Pneumology and Allergology, Centre of Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Care, Solingen, Germany.
Neurology Dept, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.
DiBiMIS, University of Palermo and CNR Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology (IBIM), Palermo, Italy.
Unit of Biophysics and Bioengineering, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona-IDIBAPS, Barcelona and CIBERES, Madrid, Spain.
Dept of Neurology OSR-Turro, Sleep Disorders Centre, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy.
Dept of Sleep Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dept of Pneumology, University Hospital of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
Respiratory Dept, Polytechnic and University La Fe Hospital, Valencia, Spain.
Pulmonology Dept, CardioPrevent Foundation, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Victor Babes Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania.
Sleep Unit, Respiratory Dept, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona-IDIBAPS, Barcelona and CIBERES, Madrid, Spain.
HP2 Laboratory, INSERM U1042, Grenoble Alpes University and EFCR Laboratory, Thorax and Vessels Division, Grenoble Alpes University Hospital, Grenoble, France.
Sleep Medicine Centre, Kempenhaeghe Foundation, Heeze, The Netherlands.
Dept of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium.
Dept of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences (DIBINEM), University of Bologna and IRCCS Institute of the Neurological Sciences, AUSL di Bologna, Bologna, Italy.
Unesta Ltd, Tampere, Finland.
Dept of Sleep Medicine, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Dept of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, St Vincent's University Hospital and School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Dept of Pulmonary Medicine and Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Centre, Antwerp University Hospital and University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.
First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China.


Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a major challenge for physicians and healthcare systems throughout the world. The high prevalence and the impact on daily life of OSA oblige clinicians to offer effective and acceptable treatment options. However, recent evidence has raised questions about the benefits of positive airway pressure therapy in ameliorating comorbidities.An international expert group considered the current state of knowledge based on the most relevant publications in the previous 5 years, discussed the current challenges in the field, and proposed topics for future research on epidemiology, phenotyping, underlying mechanisms, prognostic implications and optimal treatment of patients with OSA.The group concluded that a revision to the diagnostic criteria for OSA is required to include factors that reflect different clinical and pathophysiological phenotypes and relevant comorbidities (e.g. nondipping nocturnal blood pressure). Furthermore, current severity thresholds require revision to reflect factors such as the disparity in the apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI) between polysomnography and sleep studies that do not include sleep stage measurements, in addition to the poor correlation between AHI and daytime symptoms such as sleepiness. Management decisions should be linked to the underlying phenotype and consider outcomes beyond AHI.

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Conflict of interest: W. Randerath reports grants and personal fees (travel grants and speaking fees) from Heinen & Löwenstein, Weinmann, ResMed, Inspire and Philips Respironics, outside the submitted work. L. Ferini-Strambi reports personal fees from Philips Respironics (honoraria for a lecture and for chairing a scientific meeting in 2015–2016, none of which involved promotion of company products and there was no influence on lecture content) and ResMed (honoraria for participating in an advisory board), outside the submitted work. R. Farre reports other fees from ResMed (a contract between the company and the University of Barcelona (Fundació Bosch Gimpera) for assessing automatic CPAP devices in a bench test) and other fees from ANTADIR (a contract between the company and the University of Barcelona (Fundació Bosch Gimpera) for assessing automatic CPAP devices in a bench test), outside the submitted work. L. Grote reports grants and personal fees (speakers’ bureau) from ResMed and Philips, personal fees from Breas Mecical (consultancy), personal fees and nonfinancial support from Heinen & Löwenstein (consultancy), and grants from the ERS, during the conduct of the study; and personal fees (speakers’ bureau) from AstraZeneca, outside the submitted work. In addition, L. Grote has a patent on pharmacological treatment of OSA pending. J. Hedner has together with the ESADA study group received grants from ResMed and Philips Respironics to enable the ESADA database. He has also received personal speaker bureau fees from AstraZeneca, Takeda and Bayer. M. Kohler reports personal fees from Bayer (advisor fees), outside the submitted work. J-L. Pepin reports unrestricted research grants from Philips, ResMed, Fisher & Paykel, Fondation de la recherche medicale, Direction de la recherche Clinique du CHU de Grenoble and Fond de dotation “Agir pour les maladies chroniques”, and personal fees (travel grants and lecture fees) from Perimetre, Philips, Fisher & Paykel, ResMed, AstraZeneka, SEFAM, Agiradom and Teva, during the conduct of the study. J. Verbraecken reports other fees (sponsoring courses) from Koninklijke Philips Respironics, ResMed, Fisher & Paykel, NightBalance, Heinen & Löwenstein, AirLiquide, Accuramed, OSG, Medidis, MediqTefa, Wave Medical, Vivisol, TotalCare, SomnoMed, UCB Pharma, Olympus Belgium, Takeda, Masimo and Linde Healthcare, outside the submitted work. W.T. McNicholas reports personal fees from Philips Respironics (honoraria for lectures, but none of these lectures related to promotion of company products and the lecture content was not in any way influenced by the company), outside the submitted work.

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