Year of Publication

2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Elizabeth G. Tovar

Clinical Mentor

Dr. David Winslow

Committee Member

Dr. Julianne Ossege

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common cause of high blood pressure but often undetected in patients with hypertension. Screening tools for OSA exist but are underutilized. This project aimed to identify current practices and perceptions related to screening for OSA in patients with hypertension and improve primary care provider knowledge of OSA and screening rates using the STOP-BANG screening tool. The providers acknowledged the importance of screening patients with hypertension but there was no increase in screening after education was provided. Effective screening tools exist but effective strategies to bring this evidence to practice need to be explored further.

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