Evaluation of a screening interview for restless legs syndrome.

Title

Evaluation of a screening interview for restless legs syndrome.

Creator

Bourguet C C; Ober S K; Panzner M P; Baughman K R

Publisher

Acta neurologica Scandinavica

Date

2009
2009-07

Description

OBJECTIVES: We evaluated a fully structured interview for restless legs syndrome (RLS) for potential use in primary care settings and in epidemiological research. METHODS: Seventy-four veterans were recruited at Veterans Affairs outpatient clinics. The interview was administered telephonically by trained non-clinicians (time 1) and readministered face to face (time 2). A physician conducted gold standard examinations. We calculated sensitivity, specificity and reproducibility. RESULTS: Reproducibility was low (kappa = 0.34, P \textless 0.01), but was higher for interviews repeated within 1 year (kappa = 0.55, P \textless 0.01). Including those reporting \textgreater or =3 symptoms as cases, sensitivity ranged from 63% (time 1) to 75% (time 2). Specificity ranged from 88% to 71%. CONCLUSIONS: The sensitivity and specificity reported here are lower than previously reported in specialty care. This interview for RLS might be useful for preliminary screening of patients with related complaints if followed by additional diagnostic maneuvers or might be used in observational epidemiological research.

Subject

80 and over; ACTION spectrum; Adult; Aged; Brain Diseases/complications; Cardiovascular Diseases/complications; EPIDEMIOLOGICAL research; Female; Humans; INTERVIEWING; Interviews as Topic; Male; Middle Aged; MOVEMENT disorders; Reproducibility of Results; RESTLESS legs syndrome; Restless Legs Syndrome/complications/*diagnosis; Sensitivity and Specificity

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

24–29

Issue

1

Volume

120

Citation

Bourguet C C; Ober S K; Panzner M P; Baughman K R, “Evaluation of a screening interview for restless legs syndrome.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed March 2, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4480.

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