Leslie G Olson

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Fifty patients with chronic obstructive lung disease were questioned about their sleep quality and their responses were compared with those of 40 similarly aged patients without symptomatic lung disease. Patients with chronic obstructive lung disease reported more difficulty in getting to sleep and staying asleep and more daytime sleepiness than the control(More)
Between January 1994 and July 1997, 793 patients suspected of having sleep-disordered breathing had unattended overnight oximetry in their homes followed by laboratory polysomnography. From the oximetry data we extracted cumulative percentage time at SaO2 < 90% (CT90) and a saturation variability index (delta Index, the sum of the differences between(More)
The aim of this study was to identify factors other than objective sleep tendency associated with scores on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS). There were 225 subjects, of whom 40% had obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), 16% had simple snoring, and 4.9% had snoring with sleep disruption (upper airway resistance syndrome); 9.3% had narcolepsy and 7.5% had(More)
BACKGROUND This project was conducted to investigate whether the concerns that researchers have about including terminally ill patients in research were shared by a sample of terminally ill patients. METHODS Twenty-two patients admitted to a hospice participated in semistructured interviews; 18 patients had advanced malignant disease and 13 were women;(More)
We studied the long-term acceptability of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment in 168 consecutive patients, 147 with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and 21 with snoring. Follow-up was between 1.5 and 78 months. At latest follow-up 107 of 168 (64%) were still using CPAP. Acceptance of CPAP was least for patients with snoring alone (6 of(More)
A noninvasive, inexpensive method of excluding significant sleep-associated hypoxemia would be desirable for patients being investigated and treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sixty-eight such patients provided specimens before and after sleep studies for estimation of urinary uric acid:creatinine ratio (UA:Cr), serum erythropoietin (EPO), and blood(More)
We tested the hypothesis that hyperresponsiveness of the upper airway (UAHR) is present in patients with chronic cough of diverse etiology. We determined the frequency of bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), hyperresponsiveness of the upper airway, sputum eosinophilia, pulmonary aspiration, and psychological symptoms in adults with chronic cough.(More)
We have investigated the ability of a statistical model developed from clinical data and questionnaire responses to predict disturbance of breathing during sleep. Data from 100 consecutive patients referred for sleep study for suspected sleep apnea were used to develop the model using logistic regression analysis. For each subject, the model predicted the(More)
In order to determine whether measurement of arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) could identify patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), 98 consecutive patients referred for assessment of snoring and/or daytime somnolence were assessed clinically and then underwent both unsupervised oximetry in their homes and formal polysomnography. Clinical assessment(More)
This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of sleeping difficulty in an urban community and the frequency with which those with sleep difficulty seek medical care and use prescribed medication for sleep. Randomly selected persons aged over 16 years were invited to participate in a telephone survey. A total of 628 individuals was approached and 535 (85 per(More)