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International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group Rating Scale

  • Azmeh Shahid
  • Kate Wilkinson
  • Shai Marcu
  • Colin M. Shapiro
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Abstract

Developed as a tool for assessing the severity Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), the 10-item questionnaire asks respondents to use Likert-type ratings to indicate how acutely the disorder has affected them over the course of the past week. Questions can be divided into one of two categories: disorder symptoms (nature, intensity, and frequency) and their impact (sleep issues, disturbances in daily functioning, and resultant changes in mood).

Reference

  1. 1.
    Walters, A. S., LeBrocq, C., Dhar, A., Hening, W., Rosen, R., Allen, R. P., Trenkwalder, C., & Inter­national Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group. (2003). Validation of the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group rating scale for restless legs syndrome. Sleep Medicine, 4(2), 121–132.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Representative Studies Using Scale

  1. Bjorvatn, B., Leissner, L., Ulfberg, J., Gyring, J., Karlsborg, M., Regeur, L., Skeidsvoll, H., Nordhus, I. H., & Pallesen, S. (2005). Prevalence, severity and risk factors of ­restless legs syndrome in the general adult population in two Scandinavian countries. Sleep Medicine, 6(4), 307–312.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Hornyak, M., Hundemer, H., Quail, D., Riemann, D., Voderholzer, U., Trenkwalder, C. (2007). Relationship of periodic leg movements and severity of restless legs syndrome: A study in unmedicated and medicated patients. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118(7), 1532–1537.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Azmeh Shahid
    • 1
  • Kate Wilkinson
    • 1
  • Shai Marcu
    • 2
  • Colin M. Shapiro
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Toronto The Youthdale Child and Adolescent Sleep CentreTorontoCanada
  2. 2.University of Toronto The Youthdale Child and Adolescent Sleep CentreTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Toronto The Youthdale Child and Adolescent Sleep CentreTorontoCanada

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