Developing and Testing a Web-Based Provider Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Insomnia

Daniel J. Taylor, Jessica R. Dietch, Kristi Pruiksma, Casey D. Calhoun, Melissa E. Milanak, Sophie Wardle-Pinkston, Alyssa A. Rheingold, Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Brian E. Bunnell, Allison K. Wilkerson

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Abstract

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).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-238
Number of pages9
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume186
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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