Evaluation of the measurement properties of the Epworth sleepiness scale: A systematic review
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Objective: To examine published evidence on the psychometric properties of the Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) for describing the level of daytime sleepiness (DS) in adults. Methods: Articles were located on MEDLINE and EMBASE. Psychometric properties were appraised using the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health status Measurement Instruments (COSMIN) checklist. Results: We found thirty-five studies evaluating psychometric properties of the ESS in adults. Of these, 27 studies examined construct validity, 14 e known-group validity, 8 e internal consistency and 4 e testeretest reliability. Study quality ranged from excellent to poor the majority being fair. Internal consistency by Cronbach’s alphas was good (0.73e0.86). There is little available evidence on testeretest reliability. Pooled correlations of the ESS with other constructs varied: from moderate (the maintenance of wakefulness test; r ¼ 0.43), to weak (the multiple sleep latency test; r ¼ 0.27, and sleep apnearelated variables; r from 0.11 to 0.23). Although ESS scores varied significantly across groups of subjects with known differences in DS, not all differences were clinically important. Conclusion: There have been relatively few high quality studies on the ESS psychometric properties. The internal consistency of the ESS suggests that this instrument can be recommended for group but not individual-level comparisons. Correlations with other measures of DS were stronger than with sleep apnea-related or general health measures, but still lower than expected. Further studies are required in the areas of testeretest reliability of the ESS.
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The first author, Dr. Tetyana Kendzerska is supported by 2011/ 2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011/2012 Hunter Graduate Scholarship (the University of Toronto) and 2012/2013 Doctoral Research Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Peter Smith is supported by a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council.
DOI: DOI: 10.1016/j.smrv.2013.08.002
Quote ItemSleep Medicine Reviews 18 (2014) 321e331