BEARS Sleep Screening Tool

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

Abstract

The BEARS is a quick 5-item screening tool to be used with children in a primary care setting. In order to make the instrument “user-friendly” for families and easy to remember for clinicians, each letter of the test’s acronym represents one of the five items for query: Bedtime issues, Excessive daytime sleepiness, night Awakenings, Regularity and duration of sleep, and Snoring. Parents are asked about possible problems in each domain: a “yes” response prompts physicians to solicit further information (e.g., frequency and nature of problem).

Reference

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Representative Studies Using Scale

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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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