A primary care "friendly" cognitive behavioral insomnia therapy

Sleep. 2003 Mar 15;26(2):177-82. doi: 10.1093/sleep/26.2.177.


Objectives: This study was conducted to test the effectiveness of an abbreviated cognitive-behavioral insomnia therapy (ACBT) with primary

Design: A single-blind, randomized group design was used in which study patients were randomized to either a brief, 2-session ACBT or a similarly brief intervention (SHC) that included only generic sleep hygiene recommendations.

Setting: A university-affiliated Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.

Participants: Twenty (2 women) veteran patients (M(age) = 51.0 yrs., SD = 13.7 years) who met criteria for chronic primary insomnia.

Measurements and results: Participants completed sleep logs for 2 weeks and questionnaires to measures insomnia symptoms, sleep-related self-efficacy, and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep before treatment, during a 2-week posttreatment assessment, and again at a 3-month posttreatment follow-up. Statistical analyses showed that ACBT produced significantly larger improvements across a majority of outcome measures than did SHC. Case-by-case analyses showed that only the ACBT produced consistent positive effects across study patients, and a sizeable proportion of these patients receiving this treatment achieved clinically significant improvements by their study endpoints. Approximately 52% of those receiving the ACBT reported at least a 50% reduction in their wake time after sleep onset, and 55.6% of ACBT-treated patients who entered the study with pathologic scores on an Insomnia Symptom Questionnaire (ISQ), achieved normal ISQ scores by their final outcome assessment.

Conclusions: ACBT is effective for reducing subjective sleep disturbance and insomnia symptoms in primary care patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Culture
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires