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Efficacy of Brief Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Insomnia in Older Adults


Archives of Internal Medicine

Subject Keywords: Insomnia
Topic: Mental Health
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

 Report: Background  Chronic insomnia is a common health problemwith substantial consequences in older adults. Cognitive behavioraltreatments are efficacious but not widely available. The aimof this study was to test the efficacy of brief behavioral treatmentfor insomnia (BBTI) vs an information control (IC) condition. Methods  A total of 79 older adults (mean age, 71.7 years;54 women [70%]) with chronic insomnia and common comorbiditieswere recruited from the community and 1 primary care clinic.Participants were randomly assigned to either BBTI, consistingof individualized behavioral instructions delivered in 2 interventionsessions and 2 telephone calls, or IC, consisting of printededucational material. Both interventions were delivered by anurse clinician. The primary outcome was categorically definedtreatment response at 4 weeks, based on sleep questionnairesand diaries. Secondary outcomes included self-report symptomand health measures, sleep diaries, actigraphy, and polysomnography. Conclusion  We found that BBTI is a simple, efficacious,and durable intervention for chronic insomnia in older adultsthat has potential for dissemination across medical settings.     





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Archives of Internal Medicine. (2011) Efficacy of Brief Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Insomnia in Older Adults [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 23rd August 2019].


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