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The Pediatric Sleep Clinical Global Impressions Scale—A new tool to measure pediatric insomnia in autism spectrum disorders

TitleThe Pediatric Sleep Clinical Global Impressions Scale—A new tool to measure pediatric insomnia in autism spectrum disorders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMalow, BA, Connolly, HV, Weiss, SK, Halbower, A, Goldman, SE, Hyman, SL, Katz, TF, Madduri, N, Shui, AM, Macklin, EA, ,
JournalJournal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
Volume37
Pagination370–376
Summary

Lead Author
Beth Malow

Study Aims/Objectives
To introduce a new physician tool for evaluating insomnia in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is consistent with both objective sleep measurements and answers from parent questionnaires.

Methods - Sample, Procedure, Study Measures, Analysis
The tool was used to measure the effects of a 12-week study that looked at the effects of iron on sleep in 20 children with ASD. The degree of past and present sleep problems was determined using global impressions scale evaluation, parental survey, and activity monitors.

Results – Main Finding(s)
Global impressions scale evaluations were consistent with parental surveys in measuring difficulty in falling and staying asleep. Global impressions scale evaluations aligned with data on difficulties falling asleep measured by the monitors. The tool showed sleep improvement over the course of the study.

Conclusion – Summary Statement
The Pediatric Sleep Clinical Global Impressions Scale shows promise in accurately measuring the outcomes rated by parents for sleep problems in children with ASD.

PubMed ID27244298