Table 2 Most important functions of primary care staff with respect to a patient with sleep apnoea or suspected sleep apnoea
Detection of patientsFor every patient who sees a PCP
Three key questions: snoring, witnessed apnoeas and hypersomnia
Referral protocolsIt is necessary to protocolise referral of patients to avoid mistakes
Prioritisation of patientsSerious hypersomnias, professions entailing risk and high cardio-respiratory risk
Information for the patient and general populationOn the risk factors, consequences and treatment of the disease
Control of risk factorsAdvice on diet and general treatment
Follow-up of patients with CPAPCommon and mild adverse effects
Monitoring of compliance
New referral to a sleep unit