Agreement Rates Between Actigraphy, Diary, and Questionnaire for Children's Sleep Patterns

Child Development Center, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Steinwiesstrasse 75, CH-8032 Zurich, Switzerland.
JAMA Pediatrics (Impact Factor: 5.73). 05/2008; 162(4):350-8. DOI: 10.1001/archpedi.162.4.350
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To describe sleep-wake patterns in kindergarten children by measures derived from questionnaire, diary, and actigraphy and to report rates of agreement between methods according to Bland and Altman.
Cross-sectional study, data from 7 nights of actigraph recordings and sleep diary and from a questionnaire.
Children studied in their homes.
Fifty children, aged 4 to 7 years.
Sleep start, sleep end, assumed sleep, actual sleep time, and nocturnal wake time derived from different methods.
Differences between actigraphy and diary were +/- 28 minutes for sleep start, +/- 24 minutes for sleep end, and +/- 32 minutes for assumed sleep, indicating satisfactory agreement between methods, whereas for actual sleep time and nocturnal wake time, agreement rates were not sufficient (+/- 106 minutes and +/- 55 minutes, respectively). Agreement rates between actigraphy and questionnaire as well as between diary and questionnaire were insufficient for all variables. Sex and age of children and socioeconomic status did not influence the differences between methods for all variables.
Actigraphy and diary may be interchangeably used for the assessment of sleep start, sleep end, and assumed sleep but not for nocturnal wake times. The diary is a cost-effective and valid source of information about children's sleep-schedule times, while actigraphy may provide additional information about nocturnal wake times or may be used if parents are unable to report in detail. It is insufficient to collect information by a questionnaire or an interview asking about children's normal sleep patterns.

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    • "First, most of the studies using objective sleep measures included relatively small samples and hence had low statistical power. Second, studies based on self-report are limited by the possibility that shared method variance inflate the observed associations (Werner et al. 2008; Wilson et al. 2013). "
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    • "In addition to the novel findings discussed above, it is worth noting two other findings that replicate previous research . First, our results are consistent with literature suggesting that parent reports systematically overestimate child sleep relative to actigraphy (Dayyat et al., 2011; Werner et al., 2008). Interestingly, this finding also reflects a more general tendency for parent report of child health variables to diverge from objective measurements. "
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