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Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Validation of the STOPBANG Questionnaire among Patients Referred for Suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Validation of the STOPBANG Questionnaire among Patients Referred for Suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Background: The STOP-BANG is a simple obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening tool, part questionnaire (STOP) and part demographic or physical measures (BANG), developed for use in preoperative surgical clinics. This study assessed sensitivity and specificity of the instrument among patients referred to a sleep disorders laboratory, and also its performance characteristics when BANG physical measures are patient-reported rather than measured. Methods: Adults referred for diagnostic polysomnography completed the STOP questions and answered four yes/no questions (BANG self-reported) about their body mass index (weight and height), age, neck circumference, and gender, which were also assessed by laboratory technologists (BANG-measured).

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