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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a relationship between a person’s Mallampati score and their scores on the Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale. The Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale are currently used as prescreening tools for persons who may suffer from sleep disorders. The Berlin Questionnaire is used to identify persons at risk for sleep apnea syndrome and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of a person’s daytime sleepiness. The Mallampati Scoring System is an assessment of the anatomy of the oral cavity to predict the ease of intubation. The relationship between the Mallampati Score System, Berlin Questionnaire, and Epworth Sleepiness Scale were analyzed. Seventy-seven students participated in this pilot study. The correlation and regression analysis demonstrated the following results: The researcher found no significant correlations between the Mallampati Scoring System and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and Berlin Questionnaire. The regression analysis revealed that a Mallampati Score could not be used as a predictor of Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale results. Results of this pilot study reveal that the Mallampati Scoring System has no correlation and may not be used as a predictor to Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale results.

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