Dr. Saconi’s program of research addresses sleep and chronic pain symptom management in adults. His long-term goal is to address non-pharmacological opportunities to improve chronic pain symptoms (or outcomes) by treating co-occurring sleep disorders. Dr. Saconi’s current work is characterizing chronic pain in veterans and civilians newly diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and examining differences in patient-reported sleep outcomes in veterans with OSA and with or without pre-existing chronic pain. By providing a more complete understanding of the magnitude and impact of comorbid OSA and chronic pain, these results will be foundational for subsequent assessment of the influence of standard non-pharmacologic OSA treatment (e.g., positive airway pressure) on sleep and pain outcomes in adults with comorbid OSA and chronic pain.
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