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Construction of standardized Arabic questionnaires for screening neurological disorders (dementia, stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, muscle and neuromuscular junction disorders)

Authors El Tallawy H, Farghaly W, Rageh T, Saleh A, Mestekawy T, Darwish M, El Hamed MAAEH, Ali A, Mahmoud D

Received 26 March 2016

Accepted for publication 4 July 2016

Published 30 August 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 2245—2253


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Roger Pinder

Hamdy N El Tallawy,1 Wafaa MA Farghaly,1 Tarek A Rageh,1 Ahmed O Saleh,2 Taha AH Mestekawy,3 Manal MM Darwish,4 Mohamed A Abd El Hamed,1 Anwar M Ali,1 Doaa M Mahmoud1

1Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, 2Psychology Department, Faculty of Education, 3Psychology Department, Faculty of Arts, 4Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

A screening questionnaire is an important tool for early diagnosis of neurological disorders, and for epidemiological research. This screening instrument must be both feasible and valid. It must be accepted by the community and must be sensitive enough. So, the aim of this study was to prepare different Arabic screening questionnaires for screening different neurological disorders. This study was carried out in three stages. During the first stage, construction of separate questionnaires designed for screening the five major neurological disorders: cerebrovascular stroke, dementias, epilepsy, movement disorders, and muscle and neuromuscular disorders were done. Validation of the screening questionnaires was carried out in the second stage. Finally, questionnaire preparation was done in the third stage. Questions with the accepted sensitivity and specificity in each questionnaire formed the refined separate questionnaires.

Keywords: screening questionnaires, neurological disorders

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