Today, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released the results of its obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) survey, which highlights a number of issues related to truck driver screening and treatment of OSA. ATRI’s report includes data from more than 800 commercial drivers and is the first to quantify the costs and other impacts that truck drivers are experiencing as they address diagnosis and potential treatment regimen for OSA.
Earlier this month, a related article by University of Minnesota Morris researcher Stephen Burks was published in the journal Sleep. The article highlights findings from a project that examined the link between truck driver crash risk and untreated OSA. The project, sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute, was the largest study of sleep apnea and crash risk among commercial motor vehicle drivers to date.