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Advances in Childhood Sleep Assessment: the tool

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Since the publication of “Development of pediatric sleep questionnaires as diagnostic or epidemiological tools: a brief review of dos and don'ts” and “Pediatric Sleep Questionnaires as Diagnostic or Epidemiological Tools: A Review of Currently Available Instruments” the field of pediatric sleep is faced with ...

Since the publication of “Development of pediatric sleep questionnaires as diagnostic or epidemiological tools: a brief review of dos and don'ts” and “Pediatric Sleep Questionnaires as Diagnostic or Epidemiological Tools: A Review of Currently Available Instruments” the field of pediatric sleep is faced with a new era. Scientific journals have become more critical of the psychometric parameters of subjective sleep tools applied, and additionally they are stimulating a diversified assessment of pediatric sleep. For example, tools aimed at sleep of atypical children, at a specific sleep problem beyond sleep disordered breathing, at the sleep ecology or at sleep treatment outcomes. Also the awareness of cultural validity in assessment of pediatric sleep has been increased. Alternatively, substitute methods or technology continuously challenge the golden standard or polysomnography. As such the field is gradually changing, and the need for adept methodology is felt.
We call for authors to submit Original Research and Mini Review articles focusing on the assessment of pediatric sleep (i.e., 0 to 18 years). The goal of this Research Topic is to bring together newly developed sleep tools and older tools psychometrically modified towards specific populations or disorders. On the other hand, we welcome Method Articles that study new algorithms, techniques and others to assess a child’s sleep.
We plan a broad scope of topics for this unique issue, and herewith advance the assessment of pediatric sleep by bringing together innovative tool research. "A measurement is not an absolute thing, but only relates one entity to another." [H.T. Pledge (1966) Science since 1500. 2nd Edn. London: HMSO. p. 296.] Hence, a compilation of state-of-the-art-knowledge on pediatric sleep tools will unify and crystalize the field, being of significance to the community of non-sleep researchers and continuing to foster the growth of our own field. We encourage researchers to critically study and present recent findings concerning “the tool” used to assess sleep of the child.
We wish to provide a scientific platform on which the debate of pediatric sleep tools can be composed, and upon the collection of relevant articles, as a field, we can make future steps.

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