Validation of the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group rating scale for restless legs syndrome


Walters A., LeBrocq C., Dhar A., Hening W., Rosen R., Allen R., ...More

SLEEP MEDICINE, vol.4, no.2, pp.121-132, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s1389-9457(02)00258-7
  • Title of Journal : SLEEP MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-132

Abstract

Background: There is a need for an easily administered instrument which can be applied to all patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS) to measure disease severity for clinical assessment, research, or therapeutic trials. The pathophysiology of RLS is not clear and no objective measure so far devised can apply to all patients or accurately reflect severity. Moreover, RLS is primarily a subjective disorder. Therefore, a subjective scale is at present the optimal instrument to meet this need.