Breathing Easy: Conquering Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Better Health - The Interconnection of OSA and Disease-related Complications

Estimated Time
0.5 hr

Release Date
Feb 07, 2024

Expiration Date
Feb 06, 2025

Activity Description

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a prevalent but often underestimated sleep disorder with significant implications for the health and well-being of individuals in the United States. Despite its impact on chronic diseases and healthcare costs, OSA remains underdiagnosed, leading to untreated sleep apnea and its consequences. With emerging strategies for OSA treatment, it's crucial for healthcare providers to stay informed about the latest clinical evidence shaping the treatment landscape.

Explore the 3-part on-demand series, Breathing Easy: Conquering Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Better Health. This collaborative effort, in conjunction with local AAFP Chapter meetings, provides expert guidance and clinical best practices for screening, managing, monitoring, and treating patients with OSA. Key topics in Part 1: The Interconnection of OSA and Disease-related Complications include:

  • The risks of undiagnosed and unmanaged OSA: Underdiagnosis and gaps in treatment and disease-related complications
  • Common comorbidities with OSA: Comorbidities associated with OSA including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. and their impact on OSA outcomes
  • High-risk and underserved populations in OSA: Patient factors associated with poor outcomes such as weight, social determinants of health

Be sure to take part 2 and part 3 to maximize your education and impact!


Accreditation and Disclosure Information

Educational Objectives
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Assess the risks of undiagnosed and unmanaged OSA and disease-associated complications to support timely screening, diagnosis, management, and care coordination.
  • Incorporate evidence-based approaches including, routine evaluation of sleep history to promptly identify signs of OSA.
  • Identify distinct phenotypes of OSA including typical and atypical presentations to initiate timely screening and diagnosis, raise awareness, and educate patients on OSA and associated complications.
  • Create strategies to address health disparities in OSA outcomes by individualizing OSA care.

Program Agenda

  • The risks of unmanaged OSA 
    Statistics of underdiagnosis and gaps in treatment and disease-related complications emphasize the importance of recognition, diagnosis and management
  • Common comorbidities with OSA 
    Comorbidities associated with OSA including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. and their impact on OSA outcomes  
  • High-risk and undeserved populations in OSA 
    Patients factors associated with worse outcomes such as weight, social determinants of health, etc. to identify high-risk OSA patients

Target Audience
This activity is directed towards primary care physicians and healthcare providers who interface with patients with OSA, including patients with associated health comorbidities (eg, obesity, CVD, T2D, etc).

Accreditation, Support and Credit

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Joint Accreditation with Commendation LogoThe AAFP has reviewed Breathing Easy: Conquering OSA for Better Health -The Interconnection of OSA and Disease-Related Complications and deemed it acceptable for up to 0.50 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 02/07/2024 to 02/06/2025. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Medical Learning Institute, Inc. (MLI) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Physician Associate
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Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Statement
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.


Commercial Support Statement
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.

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Faculty Disclosures
Eric L. Johnson, MD

University of North Dakota
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Assistant Medical Director
Altru Diabetes Center
Grand Forks, ND

Eric L. Johnson, MD, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose for this educational activity.

Roger Seheult, MD

Optum California
Associate Clinical Professor
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
Associate Clinical Professor
School of Medicine and Allied Health Professions, Loma Linda University
Co-Founder & Instructor, MedCram
Beaumont, CA

Roger Seheult, MD, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
The following relationships have ended within the last 24 months:
Advisory Board/Consultant: Intrivo Diagnostics

Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP

Senior Family Practice Physician
Collegeville Family Practice
Medical Director, Wellness Center,
Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA

Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Advisory Board/Consultant: AstraZeneca, Axsome, Idorsia
Speakers’ Bureau: Axsome, Idorsia
Stock Ownership: CVS, Pfizer

All of the relevant financial relationships of individuals for this activity have been mitigated.

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