The authors thank the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis Department of PM&R for allowing us to conduct the research.
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest with regard to this article.
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Telephone Interview Script
Good afternoon/evening Mr./Mrs._________________________,
my name is Dr. [fill in name] and I am calling you to follow-up
with additional questions for our research study on restless legs
syndrome. Do you have a moment?
If no: When would be a good time for me to call back?
If yes: Great. This should only take approximately 10 minutes.
I will be asking you some pertinent questions to determine whether
you have the diagnosis of restless legs syndrome. If so, this will be
followed by a couple of questions related to symptom onset and
severity. If I determine that you have restless legs syndrome, I will
be sure to provide you with some expert advice and educate you on
basic treatment options. At the end of the interview, I would like to
give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
RLS Telephone Interview Questionnaire
1. Does the patient meet the IRLS criteria for diagnosis of RLS?
(Answers ‘Yes” to all 3 questions labeled 1a-1c):
1a. Do you have unpleasant sensations like crawling,
paraesthesias, or pain in the legs combined with a motor
restlessness and an urge to move? Yes No
1b. Do these symptoms occur only at rest and does moving
improve them? Yes No
1c. Are these symptoms worse in the evening or at night
compared with the morning? Yes No
Did the symptoms of RLS start AFTER the spinal cord disease?
Is there a family history of RLS?
None Mild Moderate Severe
Level of burden from symptoms of RLS?
Checklist of additional topics to cover during the telephone interview
1. Inform the participants of their diagnosis.
2. Do the participants have any questions?
3. If diagnosed with RLS, complete items 3a-3e:
3a. Offer expert advice about RLS.
3b. Educate with basic treatment approach (medical
3c. Inform them that an educational pamphlet about RLS will be
mailed to them.
3d. Inform them that we will be entering the diagnosis of RLS into
CPRS (medical charts).
3e. Offer follow-up care for the RLS with a Neurologist.
Abbreviation: RLS, restless legs syndrome.