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Berlin Questionaire

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, disruptive snoring, repeated episodes of upper airway obstruction during sleep and nocturnal hypoxemia. Sleep apnea is not easily diagnosed for a number of reasons, including low public (and doctor) awareness of the condition, lack of patient awareness of nightime apnea events, and the cost of traditional diagnostic techniques and procedures (overnight oxymeter, sleep study, etc.).

The Berlin Questionnaire consists of ten simple questions used to evaluate risk factors for sleep apnea, such as snoring behavior, waketime sleepiness or fatigue, and obesity or hypertension. The Berlin Questionnaire has been proven to have strong predictive value. For patients scoring as being at "high risk" based on the questionnaire, its positive predictive value is 89%. It is the best, most simple place to start the screening process for sleep apnea. Given that doctors now estimate that over 50 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, the Berlin Questionnaire represents an invaluable tool for initiating the screening process.

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Click the link below for a complete copy of the Berlin Questionnaire, including instructions on scoring your answers. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor.