Clinical Assessment of Sleep–Wake Complaints

James K. Wyatt, Jamie A. Cvengros and Jason C. Ong

in The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376203
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Clinical Assessment of Sleep–Wake Complaints

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This chapter presents an overview of the elements of the clinical assessment of sleep disorders. As this book contains individual chapters discussing the diagnosis and treatment of many sleep disorders, this chapter discusses methods for assessing a patient with any possible sleep complaint. Suggestions are given for information to be gathered by the patient prior to the intake evaluation. General considerations regarding the structure of the intake evaluation are reviewed. A recommended semi-structured intake evaluation is then discussed, along with how to include a functional analysis of the sleep complaint, leading to a discussion of how to integrate this information into a clinical assessment and a list of rule-out diagnoses. Finally, we review a selection of self-report questionnaires that can provide additional information aiding in the assessment of the sleep patient.

Keywords: sleep; assessment; questionnaires; medical history; clinical interview

Article.  14920 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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