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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

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This questionnaire is based on the Chervin Paediatric Sleep Related Breasthing Disorder Questionnaire (Sleep Medicine, 2000). It is intended as an adjunct for the assessment of children and young people with possible sleep disordered breathing and should not be used to 'rule it out.' Chervin et al found that after scoring responses to questions 1-22 with a 1 for "yes" and a 0 for " no" a mean score of >0.33 had a sensitivity 81% of and a specificity of 87% for obstructive sleep apnoea in children aged 2-18 years as defined by polysomnography (AHI>5). Where the response was "don't know " or "?", the response received no score but the denominator was decreased accordingly. For example an individual whom has 5 yes responses and 13 no responses scores 5/18 or 0.28, While the score does not 'load' responses, the first seven responses were the highest predictors for sleep disordered breathing.


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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea


Questions 1 - 22 sourced from:

Chervin et al, Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire (PSQ): validity and reliability of scales for sleep-disordered breathing, snoring, sleepiness,and behavioral problems. Sleep Med. 2000;1:21-32.

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  • Date last published: 01 May 2011
  • Services responsible: Paediatric Respiratory
  • Author(s): Jacob Twiss
  • Editor: Greg Williams
  • Review frequency: 2 years

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