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Systematic literature review of patient-reported outcome measures used in assessment and measurement of sleep disorders in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Authors Garrow A, Yorke J, Khan N, Vestbo J, Singh D, Tyson S

Received 21 May 2014

Accepted for publication 4 July 2014

Published 9 February 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 293—307


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Adam P Garrow,1,2 Janelle Yorke,2 Naimat Khan,1 Jørgen Vestbo,3 Dave Singh,1 Sarah Tyson1

1University of Manchester Medicines Evaluation Unit, University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust, 2School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, 3The University of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

Background: Sleep problems are common in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but the validity of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) that measure sleep dysfunction has not been evaluated. We have reviewed the literature to identify disease-specific and non-disease-specific sleep PROMs that have been validated for use in COPD patients. The review also examined the psychometric properties of identified sleep outcome measures and extracted point and variability estimates of sleep instruments used in COPD studies.
Methods: The online EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and SCOPUS databases for all years to May 2014 were used to source articles for the review. The review was performed according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. Criteria from the Medical Outcomes Trust Scientific Advisory Committee guidelines were used to evaluate the psychometric properties of all sleep PROMs identified.
Results: One COPD-specific and six non-COPD-specific sleep outcome measures were identified and 44 papers met the review selection criteria. We only identified one instrument, the COPD and Asthma Sleep Impact Scale, which was developed specifically for use in COPD populations. Ninety percent of the identified studies used one of two non-disease-specific sleep scales, ie, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and/or the Epworth Sleep Scale, although neither has been tested for reliability or validity in people with COPD.
Conclusion: The results highlight a need for existing non-disease-specific instruments to be validated in COPD populations and also a need for new disease-specific measures to assess the impact of sleep problems in COPD.

Keywords: sleep, symptom assessment, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, systematic review

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