Validation of the Mayo Sleep Questionnaire to screen for REM sleep behavior disorder in a community-based sample

Bradley F. Boeve, Jennifer R. Molano, Tanis J. Ferman, Siong Chi Lin, Kevin Bieniek, Maja Tippmann-Peikert, Brendon Boot, Erik K. St Louis, David S. Knopman, Ronald C. Petersen, Michael H. Silber

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

87 Scopus citations


Objective: To validate a questionnaire focused on REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in a community-based sample. Background: RBD is a parasomnia manifested by recurrent dream enactment behavior during REM sleep. While confirmation of RBD requires the presence of REM sleep without atonia on polysomnography (PSG), a screening measure for RBD validated in older adults would be desirable for clinical and research purposes. Methods: We had previously developed the Mayo Sleep Questionnaire (MSQ) to screen for the presence of RBD and other sleep disorders. We assessed the validity of the MSQ by comparing the responses of subjects' bed partners with the findings on PSG. All subjects recruited from 10/04 to 12/08 in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging - a population-based study of aging in Olmsted County, Minnesota - who had also undergone a previous PSG were the focus of this analysis. Results: The study sample included 128 subjects (104 male; median age 77 years [range 67-90]), with the following clinical diagnoses at baseline assessment: normal (n = 95), mild cognitive impairment (n = 30), and mild Alzheimer disease (n = 3). Nine (5%) subjects had RBD based on history and PSG evidence of REM sleep without atonia. The core question on recurrent dream enactment behavior yielded sensitivity (SN) of 100% and specificity (SP) of 95% for the diagnosis of RBD. The profile of responses on four additional subquestions on RBD improved specificity. Conclusions: These data suggest that the MSQ has adequate SN and SP for the diagnosis of RBD among elderly subjects in a community-based sample.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-480
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 15 2013


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Dementia
  • Dementia with lewy bodies
  • Parasomnias
  • Parkinsonism
  • Sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Validation of the Mayo Sleep Questionnaire to screen for REM sleep behavior disorder in a community-based sample'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this