Online screening for obstructive sleep apnea in adult non-obese individuals in the society the importance of application of modern technology in mass screening

Gowrishankar Murari, Sankara Subramanian Muthusamy, Kannathal Duraipandi


Background: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep order which is being proven to be an important etiological factor for multiple diseases. Obesity is most commonly associated with OSA. This study was conducted to know the prevalence of OSA in non-obese adult individuals using modified STOP-Bang questionnaire through online surveys and to evaluate the importance of internet and modern technology in the mass screening of OSA.

Methods: Modified STOP-BANG questionnaire was used to study the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnoea in non-obese individuals. Instead of the routine marking of answers in a paper we used internet medium to do the study.  

Results: The study results showed 14.5% of the non- obese adult population involved in the study belong to the high-risk category of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Conclusions:The study concluded that obstructive sleep apnoea not only occurs in obese adults but also prevalent among non-obese adults.



Online, Apnoea, STOP-BANG, Obesity, Prevalence

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