Governance Organization

CHA – Children’s Hospital Academic Medical Organization

Project Title

CHA-21-004 – Screening for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the Resource-Limited Setting of the COVID-19 Pandemic (SPARE Study)

Project Highlights

Our study aims to evaluate the use of home video clips, recorded using mobile technology, to triage children at risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for home sleep study during the COVID-19 pandemic. Children on the CHEO waitlist for an in-lab sleep study are approached and, by joining the study, given the opportunity to have an at-home sleep study. This study has been well received by families, as 100% of approached families have agreed to participate. To date, we have recruited 25 families, of which 30% have successfully collected at least 2 video clips of sufficient quality, and 25% have completed a home sleep study. This innovative type of virtual care has proven to be a positive experience for families thus far. Families have described a sense of security and comfort in knowing that their child can be evaluated for OSA in the comfort of their own home and bed, and reduced the stress sometimes caused by having to come to the hospital, especially during the pandemic. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further delayed access to diagnostic pediatric sleep resources, home video clips may be a viable triage tool to prioritize children for home sleep studies, enabling fully virtual diagnostic assessment of OSA for eligible children.


Virtual Health Care

Primary Project Lead for Contact

Dr. Sherri Katz


Secondary Project Lead for Contact

Refika Ersu


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