Chronic insomnia : recent advances and innovations in treatment development and dissemination

Authors: Morin, Charles M.
Abstract: Insomnia is a prevalent public health problem that carries an important psychosocial and economic burden for those affected, their families, employers, and for society at large. Despite its negative impacts, insomnia often remains untreated and, when treatment is initiated, it is predominantly with medication, an option that is not always acceptable to people with insomnia. There is extensive evidence that psychological approaches, primarily cognitive behavioural therapy, are effective, produce durable and generalizable outcomes, and should be the first line therapy for chronic insomnia. Nonetheless, these approaches remain under utilised in clinical (medical) practise. Several innovative and cost-effective treatment delivery models (e.g., telephone consultations, Internet-based treatment) have yielded promising results but despite these advances, there remains a problem of supply. A significant challenge for the future will be to disseminate more efficiently validated therapies and practise guidelines and increase their use in clinical practise. Additional training opportunities are also needed for psychologists to develop expertise in a new emerging behavioural sleep medicine subspecialty. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 February 2010
Open Access Date: 16 June 2017
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, Vol. 51 (1), 31–39 (2010)
American Psychological Association
Alternative version: 10.1037/a0018715
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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