Referrals - We accept all referrals
Ipswich: (07) 3202 2000
All other locations : 04666 48 772 (Call or text details for a call back)
Our referral can be found in Best Practice Software in Templates
Instructions to install Medical Director Template
Download the RTF file above – DO NOT OPEN THE FILE
In Medical Director go to Tools -> Letter Writer -> File -> Modify Template ->Template Name -> Import -> “Find downloaded file” -> Import
Save Name as #ERSA Lung Function and Sleep Study Referral
Download resources pack for recalling chronic disease patients. Lung function can be requested as part of your patients management plan
The OSA50 questionnaire was developed by a group of Australian sleep medicine researchers who aimed to create a brief, four-item OSA screening tool for use in general practice. They established that the four items that best predicted a diagnosis of severe OSA (ie AHI ≥30 events/hour) were:
obesity (by waist circumference)
age ≥50 years.
Weightings from results of logistic regression analyses were used to create a simple screening tool with a maximum score of 10 points. An OSA50 score ≥5 points was found in a validation sample to have 94% sensitivity, with 31% specificity for identifying moderate-to-severe OSA.
Table 1. OSA50 questionnaire If yes, score
Obesity/Waist circumference* (>102 cm for males or >88 cm for females) 3
Snoring - Has your snoring ever bothered other people? 3
Apnoeas - Has anyone noticed that you stop breathing during your sleep? 2
50 - Are you aged 50 years or over? 2
Total score…… / 10 points
*Waist measurement to be measured at the level of the umbilicus (males 102 cm = size 40 [inches] and females 88 cm = size 16)
Ref: Chai-Coetzer CL, Antic NA, Rowland LS, et al. A simplified model of screening questionnaire and home monitoring for obstructive sleep apnoea in primary care. Thorax 2011;66(3):213–19. doi: 10.1136/thx.2010.152801.