Using behavioral health consultants to treat insomnia in primary care: A Clinical case series

Jeffrey L. Goodie, William C. Isler, Christopher Hunter, Alan L. Peterson

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Abstract

Cognitive - behavioral treatments for insomnia are as effective as medications and have longer lasting effects. The current study used a clinical case series design to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief behavioral intervention for insomnia delivered in a nonresearch, real-world family medicine clinical setting. Participants included 29 sleep-impaired patients who were seen regardless of their comorbid conditions. The treatment included three brief visits with a behavioral health consultant (BHC), plus the provision of a self-help insomnia-treatment book. At posttreatment 83% of participants achieved a mean sleep efficiency >85%, as compared to only 14% at baseline. Limited-contact behavioral treatment of insomnia delivered by BHCs within a collaborative care family medicine clinic effectively reduced symptoms of insomnia, regardless of comorbid medical diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-304
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 4 2009

Keywords

  • Insomnia
  • Integrated care
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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