A Study to Evaluate Attitudes Toward Weight Loss in Sleep Apnea


About this study

The purpose of this study is to elicit detailed information from patients diagnosed with a sleep-related breathing disorder with severe obesity and sleep medicine providers regarding attitudes toward and acceptance of a multicomponent weight loss intervention based in health coaching. We anticipate that gaining a deeper understanding of attitudes toward weight loss in this population will provide insight into what may be feasible and acceptable aspects of a weight loss intervention. This information will then help guide the development of a multicomponent weight loss intervention based in health coaching and aimed at decreasing disease burden, increasing PAP adherence, and improving quality of life for patients with moderate-to-severe sleep disordered breathing and severe obesity.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria - Patients:

  • Age ≥ 18 years.
  • Abnormal in-lab polysomnogram or home sleep apnea test demonstrating moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI≥15) and/or obesity hypoventilation syndrome.
  • BM I ≥ 35kg/m^2.

Exclusion Criteria - Patients:

  • Age < 18.
  • None or mild OSA on polysomnogram.
  • BMI < 35.
  • Greater than 20% central events on diagnostic or therapeutic portion of polysomnogram.
  • Systolic heart failure with ejection fraction ≤ 45%.
  • Active malignancy.

Inclusion Criteria - Providers:

  • Must be a sleep medicine provider (MD, DO, NP, PA, RN), at any of the Mayo Clinic main campuses (Rochester, Jacksonville, Scottsdale).

Exclusion Criteria - Providers:

  • None.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Kara Dupuy-McCauley, M.D.

Closed-enrolling by invitation

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Not open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria, but only those invited to participate by the study team.

Contact information:

Kara Dupuy-McCauley M.D.

(734) 634-3745


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