A report from Family Practice News indicates that a short questionnaire can help screen children for obstructive sleep apnea.
The new screens’ sensitivities and specificities are lower than those of the three longer pediatric OSA screens currently available. Those screens have 40 or more items, and can yield sensitivities and specificities as high as 91% and 88%. However, the authors suggest that a 1-minute screen with a mnemonic name is better suited for a primary care setting. They report they are currently developing a study of the screen in general pediatric clinics.