Introduction: Chronic insomnia is a common and debilitating disease that increases risk for significant morbidity and workplace difficulties. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is the first-line treatment, but there is a critical lack of behavioral health providers trained in CBT-I because, in part, of a bottleneck in training availability and costs. The current project developed and evaluated a web-based provider training course for CBT-I: CBTIweb.org.
Materials and methods: Subject matter experts developed the content for CBTIweb.org. Then, trainees completed alpha testing (n = 24) and focus groups, and the site was improved. Next, licensed behavioral health providers and trainees completed beta testing (n = 41) and the site underwent another round of modifications. Finally, to compare CBTIweb.org to an in-person workshop, licensed behavioral health providers were randomly assigned to CBTIweb.org (n = 21) or an in-person workshop (n = 23). All participants were CBT-I naïve and completed the following assessments: Computer System Usability Questionnaire, Website Usability Satisfaction Questionnaire, Website Content Satisfaction Questionnaire, and Continuing Education knowledge acquisition questionnaires.
Results: Alpha and beta testers of CBTIweb.org reported high levels of usability and satisfaction with the site and showed significant within-group knowledge acquisition. In the pilot comparison study, linear fixed-effects modeling on the pre-/postquestionnaires revealed a significant main effect for time, indicating a significant increase in knowledge acquisition from 69% correct at baseline to 92% correct at posttraining collapsed across in-person and CBTIweb.org groups. The interaction effect of Time by Condition was nonsignificant, indicating equivalence in knowledge gains across both groups.
Conclusion: CBTIweb.org appears to be an engaging, interactive, and concise provider training that can be easily navigated by its users and produce significant knowledge gains that are equivalent to traditional in-person workshops. CBTIweb.org will allow for worldwide dissemination of CBT-I to any English-speaking behavioral health providers. Future research will work on translating this training to other languages and extending this web-based platform to the treatment of other sleep disorders (e.g., nightmares) and populations (e.g., pediatric populations with insomnia).
© The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States 2021. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: email@example.com.