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RLS: Diagnosis and Diagnostic and Epidemiological Tools

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 to Friday, May 3, 2002

The Division of Neuroscience, NIA cosponsored this advisory workshop with the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, and the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research. The objectives of this workshop were to:

•Review current diagnostic criteria for the restless legs syndrome (RLS)
•Specify the significant dimensions of the RLS diagnostic categories, including: primary versus secondary, age-of-symptom-onset, special populations (e.g.,children, patients with dementia)
•Provide an updated consensus on the improved diagnostic criteria for RLS and methods for making the diagnosis and role of supporting tests: polysomnograms, PLMW, PLMS, SIT, activity meters
•Review tools available for making the diagnosis and for epidemiological studies
•Establish guidelines for developing and validating a research diagnostic interview schedule, a clinical diagnostic procedure, and epidemiological question set
•Provide a consensus on the recommended initial medical evaluation for the diagnosis of RLS
•Prepare a published report from the workshop covering the items above.

Participants included experts on RLS from the United States and abroad.

Contact Information
Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz