Monitoring and Peer Support to Improve Treatment Adherence and Outcomes in patients with Overlap Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Sleep Apnea via a Large PCORnet Collaboration (O2VERLAP)


Did you know that about 60% of people with both COPD and obstructive sleep apnea (known as “Overlap Syndrome”) are not using their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask as prescribed? This is dangerous because it creates an increased risk for flare-ups and hospitalizations.

The COPD Foundation and American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) want to know if an interactive online classroom will help people living with Overlap Syndrome use their sleep masks properly.

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O2VERLAP Study - “Lessons Learned and study overview” Click to watch the video.

The COPD Foundation has been partnering with the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) to conduct the O2verlap study, which analyzes the sleep patterns of people with both COPD and obstructive sleep apnea. The Thursday, November 21, 2019 webinar, provides an overview of where the study is and lessons learned throughout the process.

What is the purpose of the O2VERLAP study? plus

The COPD Foundation and ASAA want to know if our interactive online classroom will help people with Overlap Syndrome use their CPAP therapy as prescribed. We would like to help you feel more comfortable using your sleep apnea mask every night!

What do I have to do as part of the O2VERLAP study? plus

Participate in the interactive online classroom that will provide tips on how to live with Overlap Syndrome, appropriately use your sleep apnea mask and complete a series of surveys during and after the program.

Who is funding the O2VERLAP study? plus

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is funding the study. PCORI is a non-profit organization that funds research to help patients and their caregivers make informed decisions about their healthcare.

How is this an “interactive classroom”? plus

If you decide to join the research study, you may have access to the online study portal which houses a 6-week curriculum. As you go through the curriculum you may have access to peer-coaches to help clarify information and provide additional support. This study is randomized, meaning that anyone who volunteers to participate will have a 50% chance of being given access to these study portal features.

How many hours per week should I expect to participate in the interactive online classroom? plus

If you are randomized to complete the study curriculum, you may spend about 2-4 hours in the studies online portal for the first seven weeks of your participation. Everyone who participates will be asked to complete study surveys three times, at week one, week six and week twelve. It may take about an hour to complete the surveys each time.

As a study participant, how much time am I expected to commit during and after the study? plus

If you volunteer to participate, you will be interacting with the research team for about 14 weeks or 100 days. Everyone participating in the study completes study surveys at the following times: week one, week six and week twelve.

Do I need to consult my physician? plus

No, you do not. We will not recommend any clinical changes to your healthcare. However, we do encourage everyone to stay in contact with their healthcare providers and let them know about your participation in the study. There may be topics in the curriculum you will want to discuss with your healthcare provider(s).

Do I need to prove I have COPD or have been prescribed CPAP therapy? plus

No. We will not require any documentation of your health diagnosis. Study participants who would like to participate after reviewing the e-consent form, will be consenting to the research team accessing their CPAP device data. So, the research team will be able to confirm you are using CPAP therapy.

Will my information be secure?plus

Information collected in the O2VERLAP study will be stored in a secure database. The COPD Foundation will not share personal information such as your name, address or other contact information with external parties. Only de-identified information from the O2VERLAP study will be provided to the study sponsor. The study sponsor will not have access to any personally identifiable information submitted through the surveys.

Eligibility requirements: plus

Below are some of the study eligibility criteria:

  • You must be at least 40 years old
  • You must be an English speaker
  • You must have been diagnosed with COPD and obstructive sleep apnea (Overlap Syndrome)
  • You must have a prescription for CPAP therapy

For more information register to review the e-consent at https://www.o2verlap.orgOR email O2VERLAP@COPDFoundation.org

Will I be paid for my participation in this study? plus

You may receive up to $75.00 for your study participation. You will receive payments in the form of an online gift card.

What if I have additional questions or need help with registration? plus

Contact the research team by emailing O2VERLAP@copdfoundation.org. You can also call 866-731-COPD (2673) Ext. 210 for more information.

Who is the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA)?plus

Founded in 1990, the ASAA is a patient-led non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sleep health through research, advocacy and education. To learn more about the ASAA, please visit www.sleepapnea.org.

Communications Appendix

Do you have a community you would like to share the O2VERLAP study with; please download study flyers and share the O2VERLAP study with your communities! Thank you for helping spread the word!

A. Caregiver and Patient Flyers (Supplemental Attachment titled “Communications Appendix A O2VERLAP Flyers Final – Caregiver and Patient 121817” only): Download

B. Fact Sheet General Flyer (Supplemental Attachment titled “Communications Appendix B O2VERLAP Flyer Final – Fact Sheet 121817: Download

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