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Digital Cognitive Therapy Has Beneficial Effect for Patients with Insomnia: Reflections
With sleep-related concerns impacting many individuals throughout their lifetime, determining beneficial treatments and strategies to help manage sleep-related challenges is of great importance. “Physicians Weekly” recently covered a study by Lu and collegues (2023) focusing on digital cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (dCBT-I), mentioning it as a helpful approach for improving symptoms related to insomnia.
These dCBT-I resources (e.g., apps, web-based programs) have shown to be beneficial on their own, although combined dCBT-I and medication may display longer-lasting benefits for symptom management. Considering the significant evidence to support that CBT-I is a valuable approach to managing symptoms of insomnia (for a review, see Mitchell et al., 2012), this article has strong implications for the mental health field. Given the large variety of factors that may limit access to treatment or increase wait times for initiation of care, knowledge of the benefits of dCBT-I may increase availability to evidence-based resources during extended wait times for services.
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Author: Dominique Legros, M.A.
Editor: Nicholas Crimarco, Ph.D.
Lu, M., Zhang, Y., Zhang, J., Huang, S., Huang, F., Wang, T., Wu, F., Mao, H., & Huang, Z. (2023). Comparative effectiveness of digital cognitive behavioral therapy vs medication therapy among patients with insomnia. JAMA Network Open, 6(4), e237597. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.7597
Mitchell, M. D., Gehrman, P., Perlis, M., & Umscheid, C. A. (2012). Comparative effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia: A systematic review. BMC Family Practice, 13(1), 40. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-13-40
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