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Collateral Damage : The Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Bed Partners

Hormoz Ashtyani; Deborah A. Hutter
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Affiliations: Hackensack, NJ
 ,  Dr. Ashtyani is Director of the Division of the Department of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Hutter is Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Correspondence to: Hormoz Ashtyani, MD, FCCP, The Institute for Sleep-Wake Disorders, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Ave, 3 St. John, Hackensack, NJ 07601; e-mail: hashtyani@humed.com



Chest. 2003;124(3):780-781. doi:10.1378/chest.124.3.780
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While health-related problems have a definite and identifiable effect on patients, the patients’ families are also very much affected. This may reach such a level of intensity that the patient will present to a physician because their family desires that they be evaluated and treated. Most clinicians would agree that sleep apnea is one of those conditions that stimulates familial assertion. The dynamics and repercussions of these encounters on the doctor- patient relationship and the doctor-family relationship may be staggering. The willingness and compliance of a patient with treatment may be a result of familial coercion.

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