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Topic Suggestion Description

Date submitted: January 6, 2010

Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.

Please help find something to ease my mothers pain with restless leg syndrome? It has bothered her for over 30 years and now is almost unbearable at 78 years old. It has really diminished her joy in life.

Does your question include a comparison of different health care approaches? (If no, your topic will still be considered.)

no

If yes, explain the specific technologies, devices, drugs, or interventions you would like to see compared:
What patients or group(s) of patients does your question apply to? (Please include specific details such as age range, gender, coexisting diagnoses, and indications for therapy.)
Are there subgroups of patients that your question might apply to? (For example, an ethnic group, stage or severity of a disease.)
Describe the health-related benefits you are interested in. (For example, improvements in patient symptoms or problems from treatment or diagnosis.)
Describe any health-related risks, side effects, or harms that you are concerned about.

Appropriateness for EHC Program

Does your question include a health care drug, intervention, device, or technology available (or likely to be available) in the U.S.?

unsure

Which priority area(s) and population(s) does this topic apply to? (check all that apply)
EHC Priority Conditions (updated in 2008)
  • Functional limitations and disability
AHRQ Priority Populations
  • Elderly
Federal Health Care Program
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Other

Importance

Describe why this topic is important.

THE AGING POPULATION WILL MORE THAN LIKELY HAVE THIS SAME RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME OR WORSE.

What specifically motivated you to ask this question? (For example, you are developing a clinical guideline, working with a policy with large uncertainty about the appropriate approach, costly intervention, new research you have read, items in the media you may have seen, a clinical practice dilemma you know of, etc.)

MY MOTHER IS SUFFERING

Does your question represent uncertainty for clinicians and/or policy-makers? (For example, variations in clinical care, controversy in what constitutes appropriate clinical care, or a policy decision.)

no

If yes, please explain:

Potential Impact

How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
Describe the timeframe in which an answer to your question is needed.

SOONER THAN LATER?

Describe any health disparities, inequities, or impact on vulnerable populations your question applies to.

Nominator Information

Other Information About You: (optional)
Please choose a description that best describes your role or perspective: (you may select more than one category if appropriate)
Are you making a suggestion as an individual or on behalf of an organization?
Please tell us how you heard about the Effective Health Care Program
Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome: Future Research Needs Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome