Patients' acceptance of psychological and pharmacological therapies for insomnia

Sleep. 1992 Aug;15(4):302-5. doi: 10.1093/sleep/15.4.302.


This study evaluated the acceptance of psychological and pharmacological therapies among chronic insomniacs and noncomplaining good sleepers. After reading a brief written description of two treatment methods commonly used for persistent insomnia (i.e. cognitive-behavior therapy and pharmacotherapy), the subjects rated in a counter-balanced order several dimensions of these two treatment modalities. The results showed that the psychological intervention was rated as more acceptable and more suitable than the pharmacological one among both insomniacs and their noncomplaining significant others. Behavior therapy was also expected to be more effective on a long-term basis and to produce fewer side effects as well as more benefits on daytime functioning. The clinical implications and relevance of treatment acceptance in the management of insomnia are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Drug Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*