Dr. Nick Bansback
Assistant Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health
BC Lung Association grant recipient
Helping patients with sleep apnea to choose a treatment that works best for them
Dr. Bansback is a health economist. His studies are focused on using decision science to better inform policies and practices in healthcare. His current research relates to patients with sleep apnea, a serious breathing problem that interrupts one’s sleep. The most effective treatment is a CPAP machine, which consists of a mask fitted over a patient’s nose and mouth during sleep to force air into the lungs.While effective, it is inconvenient for patients and therefore they tend not to use it regularly.
Dr. Bansback’s studies focus on educating patients about treatment options, finding out what aspects of treatment matter most, and helping patients select the treatment they will be most likely to use regularly.