Socioeconomic Status Slows Treatment for Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Child sleeping
Child sleeping
Children with low socioeconomic standing who have sleep-disordered breathing take longer to receive treatment.

Although children with low socioeconomic status (SES) have increased risk for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), their access to subspecialty care is often limited. Polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard diagnostic test used to characterize SDB and diagnose obstructive sleep apnea; however, it is unknown whether SES impacts timeliness of obtaining PSG and surgical treatment with adenotonsillectomy (AT).

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of soceoeconomic standing on the timing of polysomnogrophy, surgery with adenotonsillectomy, and loss to follow-up for children with sleep-disordered breathing.

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