Restless legs syndrome symptomatology, attitudes and beliefs among treated and untreated individuals

Christine M. Ramsey, Adam P Spira, Allison Carlson, Christopher J Earley, Richard Allen, Hochang Benjamin Lee

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Background: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is an under-diagnosed and under-treated disorder in the community. Little is known regarding the factors associated with treatment seeking for RLS. Based on Andersen's behavioral model for health service utilization, we compared predisposing factors, enabling or impeding factors and need for care factors among participants without RLS (NRs), participants with untreated RLS (URs) and participants with treated RLS (TRs). Methods: The study sample consisted of 105 participants (NRs: n=41; URs: n=29; TRs: n=35) who were evaluated face-to-face based on the Hopkins Telephone Diagnostic Interview. We compared the groups with respect to sociodemographic variables, insurance status, attitudes and beliefs toward RLS and RLS treatment, symptom severity, impact on quality of life and subjective description of RLS symptoms. Results: URs were older (72.6. years versus 61.1. years) and had a higher proportion of African Americans (44.8% versus 8.6%) (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1226-1231
Number of pages6
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume13
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Keywords

  • Andersen's behavioral model
  • Attitude
  • Health services
  • Race
  • RLS
  • Treatment

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  • Medicine(all)

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Restless legs syndrome symptomatology, attitudes and beliefs among treated and untreated individuals. / Ramsey, Christine M.; Spira, Adam P; Carlson, Allison; Earley, Christopher J; Allen, Richard; Lee, Hochang Benjamin.

In: Sleep Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 10, 12.2012, p. 1226-1231.

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