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Scientific Investigations

Reliability of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Sleep Disorders Module

Daniel J. Taylor, PhD1; Allison K. Wilkerson, PhD2; Kristi E. Pruiksma, PhD3; Jacob M. Williams, PhD3; Camilo J. Ruggero, PhD1; Willie Hale, PhD3,4; Jim Mintz, PhD3,5; Katherine Marczyk Organek, PhD6; Karin L. Nicholson, MD7; Brett T. Litz, PhD8,9,10; Stacey Young-McCaughan, RN, PhD3; Katherine A. Dondanville, PsyD3; Elisa V. Borah, PhD3,11; Antoinette Brundige, MA3; Alan L. Peterson, PhD3,4,12
1Department of Psychology, The University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; 2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina; 3Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; 4Department of Psychology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; 5Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; 6Pulmonology, Cook Children's Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas; 7Department of Medicine, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas; 8Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts; 9Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts; 10Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts; 11School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas; 12Research and Development Service, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio, Texas

Study Objectives:

To develop and demonstrate interrater reliability for a Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) Sleep Disorders (SCISD).


The SCISD was designed to be a brief, reliable, and valid interview assessment of adult sleep disorders as defined by the DSM-5. A sample of 106 postdeployment active-duty military members seeking cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in a randomized clinical trial were assessed with the SCISD prior to treatment to determine eligibility. Audio recordings of these interviews were double-scored for interrater reliability.


The interview is 8 pages long, includes 20 to 51 questions, and takes 10 to 20 minutes to administer. Of the nine major disorders included in the SCISD, six had prevalence rates high enough (ie, n ≥ 5) to include in analyses. Cohen kappa coefficient (κ) was used to assess interrater reliability for insomnia, hypersomnolence, obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea (OSAH), circadian rhythm sleep-wake, nightmare, and restless legs syndrome disorders. There was excellent interrater reliability for insomnia (1.0) and restless legs syndrome (0.83); very good reliability for nightmare disorder (0.78) and OSAH (0.73); and good reliability for hypersomnolence (0.50) and circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders (0.50).


The SCISD is a brief, structured clinical interview that is easy for clinicians to learn and use. The SCISD showed moderate to excellent interrater reliability for six of the major sleep disorders in the DSM-5 among active duty military seeking cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in a randomized clinical trial. Replication and extension studies are needed.

Clinical Trial Registration:

Registry:; Title: Comparing Internet and In-Person Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Insomnia; Identifier: NCT01549899; URL:


Taylor DJ, Wilkerson AK, Pruiksma KE, Williams JM, Ruggero CJ, Hale W, Mintz J, Organek KM, Nicholson KL, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Dondanville KA, Borah EV, Brundige A, Peterson AL; on behalf of the STRONG STAR Consortium. Reliability of the structured clinical interview for DSM-5 sleep disorders module. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018;14(3):459–464.

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