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Keywords:

  • non-invasive ventilation;
  • respiratory failure and compliance;
  • sleep disorder;
  • ventilation

Home non-invasive ventilation (NIV) is being increasingly employed to treat chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure. However, there is little data on compliance with home NIV. Sixty-five patients, aged 72.6 ± 9.4 years, who were using home NIV were administered a questionnaire on symptomatology and adverse effects associated with home NIV. Mean daily use of home NIV was 7.3 ± 2.9 h/day, and the median percentage of days on which home NIV was used for ≥4 h/day was 96.7%.