Insomnia research is coming of age.

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Comments on an article by C. E. Carney et al. (see record [rid]2012-16552-016[/rid]). Carney and colleagues summarize the efforts of a workgroup founded at the Pittsburgh insomnia conference for the purpose of designing a consensus sleep diary. Their important report describes the process and efforts underlying the creation of the first standardized version of a sleep diary with the aim of providing us with a powerful and widely accepted tool. Sleep diary versions collected from all 25 conference participants revealed that 16 different versions were in use. The group then set out to analyze the different versions and extract a core and optional version of a sleep diary and also a set of evening questions by communicating by phone, by in-person meetings, by incorporating a larger group of experts, and by engaging focus groups of patients. Furthermore a lexile analysis of the final version was run to determine the specific reading grade levels of the text. Overall, the sleep diary contained in the appendix of the publication by Carney et al. is the result of a carefully guided and transparent consensual process. Hopefully, the product will be used by insomnia researchers and clinicians in the future. There is no doubt that it will decisively add to the standardization and comparability of insomnia research world-wide. As Carney and colleagues critically point out, the work is not yet finished with the publication of the consensus diary. Important issues concerning its reliability and validity will have to be dealt with. Hopefully, the consensus diary will be used by many research groups, which will make it possible to swiftly acquire datasets that can be used to determine the psychometric quality of the diary. A next important step will be the translation of the diary into other languages in order to facilitate its use in non-English speaking countries. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Experimentation
  • Insomnia
  • Self Monitoring
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Apnea
  • insomnia
  • sleep apnea
  • sleep self-monitoring

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