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Behav Sleep Med. 2013;11(5):369-89. doi: 10.1080/15402002.2012.694382. Epub 2013 Feb 12.

The insomnia patient perspective, a narrative review.

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a Faculty of Pharmacy , The University of Sydney , Australia.


Insomnia is a common sleep disorder associated with substantial direct and indirect costs, yet there is a strong propensity among patients to self-medicate which often delays professional help. Understanding the process which underpins the initiation, engagement and adherence to insomnia treatment(s) is a vital step for understanding this phenomenon. The current paper explores how the patient perspective has been conceptualized in the research literature and its implications for insomnia treatment and health care delivery. A literature search was conducted using Embase, Medline and PsycINFO databases. Articles have been thematically organized into patient correlates of health behaviors, patient experiences and treatment attitudes. Deferral of professional help among insomnia patients is partially related to barriers embedded in the health care system and patient health beliefs.

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