SLEEP ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE© (SAQ©)

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The Sleep Assessment Questionnaire© (SAQ©) is a 17 item self-administered questionnaire. It has been shown to be a highly sensitive and specific measure capable of discriminating patients with various sleep/wake disorders from controls (free of sleep disturbances).

Six sleep factors have been identified through factor analysis of the 17 items:

i)  Insomnia
ii) Non-restorative Sleep
iii) Restlessness
iv) Daytime Sleepiness
v)  Sleep Apnea
vi) Sleep Schedule Disorder

Receiver Operating Curves (ROC’s) have been calculated for the total SAQ© score as well as for the following factor scores: insomnia, non-restorative sleep, restlessness, daytime sleepiness, and sleep apnea. The ROC’s show the sensitivity/specificity at various cut-offs.

The SAQ© has been evaluated for its sensibility, reliability, validity and responsiveness to change.

References:

  1. Cesta A, Moldofsky H, Sammut C. The University of Toronto Sleep Assessment
    Questionnaire (SAQ©). Sleep Res, 25:486, 1996.
  2. Cesta A, Moldofsky H, Sammut C. The University of Toronto Sleep Assessment
    Questionnaire (SAQ©). Sleep Res, 26:646, 1997.
  3. Cesta A, Moldofsky H, Sammut C. The sensitivity and specificity of the Sleep Assessment Questionnaire© (SAQ©) as a measure of non-restorative sleep. Sleep, 22(1 Suppl): 14, 1999.
  4. Mansfield RW, Cesta A, Sammut C, Moldofsky H. The sensitivity and specificity of the Sleep Assessment Questionnaire© in the identification of patients with insomnia, restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder, and narcolepsy/idiopathic hypersomnia. Sleep, 23(Suppl.2): A381, 2000.
  5. Moldofsky H, Cesta A, Sammut C, Unger ER, Nisenbaum R., Reeves WC. Sleep disorders in a population-based study of chronic fatiguing illnesses with Sleep Assessment Questionnaire©. Sleep, 23(Suppl.2): A67, 2000.
  6. Reeves WC, Nisenbaum R, Moldofsky H, Cesta A, Sammut C, Reyes M, Unger ER, Sleep assessment in population-based study of chronic fatigue syndrome, Sleep, 26: A370, 2003.

The SAQ© is sponsored by the TPRF for availability to interested professional parties.  For further information about access to the computerized program and costs for the use and analyses, please send email to the SAQ administrator at:

saq_info@tprf.ca

Detailed Descriptions and Applications:

BMC Neurology 2004, 4:6 (19 Apr 2004)

Link to SAQ online demo