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The role of actigraphy in sleep assessment and screening. Gregg Marshall, PhD, RRT, RPSGT Chair/Associate Professor College of Health Professions Department of Respiratory Care Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos, TX. Disclosure Statement….

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the role of actigraphy in sleep assessment and screening

The role of actigraphy in sleep assessment and screening

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Gregg Marshall, PhD, RRT, RPSGT

Chair/Associate Professor

College of Health Professions

Department of Respiratory Care

Texas State University-San Marcos

San Marcos, TX

disclosure statement
Disclosure Statement…..
  • No conflict of interest with industry or grant funding agencies that may be characterized as financial, real, or perceived as real with regards to the following information.

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learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • 1) Describe the fundamental basics of actigraphy devices
  • 2) Discuss the value of actigraphy as a prescreening device for sleep disorders
  • 3) Describe current clinical applications of the use of actigraphy studies
  • 4) Discuss the potential role of actigraphy within sleep labs/centers

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q1 how does actigraphy work
Q1:How does actigraphy work?
  • Small, non-invasive, watch-like device that is wrist worn and contains an accelerometer to monitor the number of wrist movements per epoch (ie: 30 or 60 sec)
  • Electronic device consisting of
    • Piezoelectric accelerometer (velocity, g-force)….and there’s an APP for that!
    • Low-pass filter (filtering out all but 2-3 Hz band to eliminate external vibrations)
    • Start/stop timer to allow accumulating values
    • Memory to store data
    • Interface (USB) to program device and download data from memory

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actigraphy basics
Actigraphy basics….
  • Continuously measures movement and ambient light over time
  • Light sensor recalls all levels of light
  • Various models offer features that may provide additional movement/light measurements
  • Depending on the model, activity is recorded in various ways according to each unique algorithm for estimating sleep/wake measures

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actigraphy watches
Actigraphy watches

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q2 what sleep values can actigraphy provide
Q2: What sleep values can actigraphy provide?
  • Scoring algorithms are used to identify sleep or wake states from activity counts to identify sleep parameters
    • Time In Bed
    • Total Sleep Time (TST)
    • Wake After Sleep Onset (WASO)
    • Sleep Efficiency (TST/Total Time In Bed)
    • Wake Bouts
    • Sleep Onset Latency (SOL)

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what s missing
What’s missing?
  • Actigraphy cannot address
    • Sleep staging
    • Snoring
    • Apnea/hypopnea
    • SpO2 desaturation
    • HR, RR, body position
    • Thoracic/abdominal effort
    • ECG

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q3 what are the clinical applications for actigraphy
Q3: What are the clinical applications for actigraphy?
  • nPSG is the gold standard for measuring sleep, however wrist actigraphy may provide sleep/wake information that can supplement PSG testing or be used to pre-screen some patients
  • Previous studies (Paquet, 2007; Sadeh, 2002; Johnson, 2007) have suggested a wide range of findings from “less than useful” to “reasonable good estimate” of sleep disorders

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aasm s standards of practice committee findings
AASM’s Standards of Practice Committee findings….
  • The AASM Update for 2007 concluded the use of actigraphy in assessing and managing of sleep disorders has allowed the development of evidence-based recommendations for the use of actigraphy in the clinical setting
  • After a review of literature/research regarding actigraphy, AASM’s SPC and BOD made ten specific recommendations for the use of actigraphy in clinical practice

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aasm recommendations
AASM recommendations
  • 1) Valid way to assist in determining sleep patterns in normal, health adult populations and in patients suspected of certain sleep disorders
  • 2) Indicated to assist evaluation of patients with ASPS, DSPS, shift work sleep disorder, circadian rhythm disorders, jet lag, & non-24-hour sleep/wake syndrome (including associated with blindness)

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aasm recommendations1
AASM recommendations
  • 3) When nPSG not available, actigraphy is indicated as method to estimate TST in patients with OSA and may improve accuracy of assessing severity of OSA
  • 4) Indicated as a method to characterize circadian rhythm patterns or insomnia (including association with depression)
  • 5) Indicated to determine circadian pattern and estimate average daily sleep time in hypersomnia

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aasm recommendations2
AASM recommendations
  • 6) Useful outcome measure in evaluating response to treatment for circadian rhythm disorders
  • 7) Useful to evaluate response to treatment of insomnia
  • 8) Useful to characterize/monitor sleep and circadian rhythm patterns and document treatment outcomes among older adults living in community

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aasm recommendations3
AASM recommendations
  • 9) Indicated for characterizing and monitoring sleep/circadian rhythm patterns and document treatment outcomes among older nursing home residents in whom traditional nPSG assessment is difficult
  • 10) Indicated for delineating sleep patterns/document treatment responses in normal infants,children and special pediatric populations in whom traditional nPSG is difficult to perform or interpret

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aasm recommendations4
AASM recommendations
  • Finally, additional research warranted to further refine and broaden the clinical value of actigraphy to assess sleep and sleep disorders
  • Six specific recommendations for future actigraphy-focused research

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q4 how can actigraphy be used in sleep labs center
Q4: How can actigraphy be used in sleep labs/center?
  • Longitudinal look at sleep characteristics rather than a “snap-shot” provided by nPSG study
  • Helpful with documenting actual sleep patterns for some dyssomnias, parasomnias, and medical/psychiatric conditions (psychoses, mood disorders, panic, alcoholism)
  • Sleep history “at a glance”

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normal sleep cycle
Normal Sleep Cycle

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13 days

Tracking 24 hours

insomnia
Insomnia

21 days

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delayed sleep phase dsp
Delayed Sleep Phase (DSP)

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14 days

shift workers syndrome
Shift-workers Syndrome

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14 days

actigraphy home npsg correlation
Actigraphy & home nPSG correlation…
  • Recent study2 in Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (Aug 2011) documents strong correlation between wrist actigraphy & home Compumedics Safiro Unit (12 channel)
    • N = 3135 men
    • N = 896 with concurrent PSG/actigraphy studies
    • Number of sleep related characteristics had a significant impact on the accuracy of actigraphy & should be considered when using actigraphy to screen sleep disorders

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2 Blackwell T, et al. (2011). Factors that May Influence the Classification of Sleep-Wake by Wrist Actigraphy: The MrOS Sleep Study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 7(4), 357-367.

actigraphy cpt codes
Actigraphy & CPT codes
  • CPT Code #95803 “Actigraphy testing, recording, analysis, interpretation, and report (minimum of 72 hours to 14 consecutive days of recording.”
  • $162.41 without geographic adjustments
    • Related CPT codes: 99203, 99211, 99245, 99070
  • Medicare not covering, BCBS views as experiment/investigational so not covered
    • Some providers are covering the CPT
  • Kelly A. Carden MD, (CWinter-Rosenberg@aasmnet.org) Chair of AASM Coding & Compliance Committee managing reimbursement, asks if actigraphy CPT submissions are being denied that she be contacted with the information so she can use it to try and reverse trend

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actigraphy sleep research
Actigraphy Sleep Research
  • How can we use actigraphy to assess patient groups that will not easily be assessed in sleep labs/center?
  • How can we begin to turn the tide of reimbursable diagnostics to include more options?
  • Research remains our best tool to bring about change in the profession

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texas state university
Texas State University
  • 2nd largest cohort of veteran men/women returning from war theater in the state
  • Over 1700 men/women returning after deployment
  • Surveyed in over 20 items of needs specific to returning veteran college students
  • Greatest need/complaint?

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veteran vs non veteran student pilot sleep study
Veteran vs non-Veteran Student Pilot Sleep Study
  • N = 20 (10 Veteran and 10 non-Veteran TxState students
  • Wore Actiwatch2 for 7 days/nights
  • Measured
    • 1) Time in Bed
    • 2) Total Sleep Time
    • 3) Sleep Onset Latency
    • 4) Sleep Efficiency
    • 5) Time Wake After Sleep Onset (WASO)
    • 6) # Wake Bouts
vet non vet sleep pilot conclusion
Vet/non-Vet Sleep Pilot Conclusion
  • Although both groups spend about the same amount of time in bed and woke up about the same number of times per night, differences with veteran students experiencing
      • 1)  Total Sleep Time
      • 2) Sleep Efficiency
      • 3)  Sleep Latency
      • 4)  WASO
  • Each of these issues impact academic success and quality of emotions and mental health
the future
The future….
  • Actigraphy has demonstrated a reasonable reliability as an sleep diagnostic/assessment device for some patient demographic groups
  • Studies comparing actigraphy outcomes to nPSG diagnostics seem overall positive
  • Although reimbursement issues are a current barrier preventing more utilization, changes in coverage may be in the future
  • Sleep labs/centers may find actigraphy useful in tracking longitudinal sleep information that may be missed by a one-night nPSG study

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references
References

Blackwell, T., Ancoli-Israel, S., Redline, S., Stone, K. (2011). Factors that May Influence the

Classification of Sleep-Wake by Wrist Actigraphy: The MrOS Sleep Study. Journal of

Clinical Sleep Medicine, 7(4), 357-375.

Johnson, N., Kirchner, L., Rosen, C., Storfer-Isser, A., Cartar, L., Ancoli-Israel, S.,

Emancipator, J., Kibler, A., Redline, S. (2007). Sleep Estimation Using Wrist

Actigraphy in Adolescents With and Without Sleep Disordered Breathing: A

Comparisoin of Three Data Modes. SLEEP, 30(7), 899-905.

Morgenthaler, T., Alessi, C., Friedman, L., Owens, J., Kapur, V., Boehlecke, B., Brown, T.,

Chesson, A., Coleman, J., Lee-Chiong, T.,Pancer, J., Swick, T. (2007). Practice

Parameters for the Use of Actigraphy in the Assessment of Sleep and Sleep Disorders:

An Update for 2007. Sleep, 30(4), 519-529.

Paquet, J., Kawinska, A., Carrier, J. (2007). Wake Detection Capacity of Actigraphy During

Sleep. SLEEP, 30(10), 1362-1369.

Sadeh, A., Acebo,C. (2002). The role of actigraphy in sleep medicine. Sleep Medicine

Reviews, 6(2), 113-124.

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