BEARS Sleep Screening Tool
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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).
KeywordsNight Awakenings Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Snoring Primary Care Setting General Practice