COPD Foundation Recruiting Patients for New Overlap Study

 Published: October 2, 2018

By: Heather Willden


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Many people with COPD also live with obstructive sleep apnea, or (OSA). Separately, COPD and OSA contribute to the mortality of hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. However, when OSA coexists with COPD it is referred to as “Overlap Syndrome.” Proper use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or sleep mask, is crucial for those with both of these conditions.

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About 60% of people with both COPD and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (“Overlap Syndrome”) are not using their Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask as prescribed.

The AARC is working with the COPD Foundation and American Sleep Apnea Association to help patients make better use of their therapies, overcome barriers and achieve their quality of life goals. The study will test whether free education and coaching from respiratory therapists and other individuals living with COPD and OSA can improve CPAP adherence and other important patient-centered outcomes. Individuals who use oxygen with their CPAP therapy at night are also encouraged to sign up. Your patients may be eligible for the O2VERLAP study. Eligible patients may reserve their seat in the virtual classroom today at

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be at least 40 years old
  • Must be an English speaker
  • Must have been diagnosed with COPD and obstructive sleep apnea (the combination of these diagnoses are referred to as Overlap Syndrome)
  • Must have a prescription for continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP)
  • Must have access to the internet (via PC, tablet or smartphone)
  • Must have a CPAP device with a wireless modem

Help spread the word to your patients about this exciting study. Learn more about the study. Questions? E-mail the study team at

This post is courtesy of the COPD Foundation.

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Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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