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Sleep professionals with sleep apnea......are they a unique group?

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MakeSleepAPriority +0 points · over 9 years ago Original Poster

We see posts from sleep doctors and technologist who say they had apnea for many years before seeking treatment in spite of encouragement from their peers. Why did they wait so long? What finally triggered action? How many sleep professionals suspect they have or are treated for sleep apnea? Is that different from the general population? Why?

It would be interesting also to start a dialog to see what effect suspecting they have sleep apnea or having sleep apnea has on how they interact with patients. Does it give one a different perspective? If so, how do they use that to help patients?

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Sneezygrl +0 points · about 9 years ago

Most of my sleep specialist doctors were not sleep apnea patients thus did not have the perspective to provide insightful recommendations. After nine years of using CPAP equipment, five DME companies and dozens of sleep technicians or DME technicians, only one person was a sleep apnea patient. He provided more in depth advice and gave me a sense of confidence than any other provider to date.
Is there a way for a provider review system to be created which will help patients (subscribers) find these regional gems? Is there a way to prevent this review system from just being a complaining platform, but grow into a useful tool? Is there a way to tie the review system into helping us find the best DME companies?

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