Web-based provider training of cognitive behavioral therapy of insomnia: engagement rates, knowledge acquisition, and provider acceptability

Allison K. Wilkerson, Sophie Wardle-Pinkston, Jessica R. Dietch, Kristi E. Pruiksma, Richard Oliver Simmons, Brian E. Bunnell, Daniel J. Taylor

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Abstract

Insomnia is common but severely underreported and undertreated. One possible reason for this problem is the lack of providers in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). To address this we created CBTIweb.org, an online training platform for providers to learn the basics of sleep, assessing insomnia, and CBT-I. The present study assessed the reach of CBTIweb by examining engagement, knowledge acquisition, and perceived acceptability. Participants who registered for CBTIweb self-reported their practice setting and personal characteristics (i.e. degree, profession, licensure status). Knowledge acquisition was assessed with pre- and post-tests, and provider acceptability was assessed via a survey. In the first three months after launching CBTIweb, 2586 providers registered and 624 of these completed the training within three months of registering. Chi-square tests of independence revealed no differences in completion rates by education or profession, though trainees were more likely to initiate and complete treatment than licensed providers. Paired t tests revealed significant knowledge acquisition, and most providers positively rated the website navigation, content, aesthetics, and understanding of core CBT-I skills. This study demonstrated CBTIweb is an effective platform for training health professionals to be minimally proficient in the gold standard treatment for insomnia disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-352
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapy
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • CBT-I
  • Insomnia
  • dissemination
  • online
  • sleep
  • training
  • web-based provider training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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