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Sleep. 2014 Aug 1;37(8):1305-14. doi: 10.5665/sleep.3918.

Is a video-based cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia as efficacious as a professionally administered treatment in breast cancer? Results of a randomized controlled trial.

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1
School of Psychology, Université Laval, Québec, Canada ; Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Université Laval, Québec, Canada ; Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Québec, Canada.
2
Centre de recherche sur le cancer, Université Laval, Québec, Canada ; Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec, Québec, Canada.
3
School of Psychology, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To assess the short-term efficacy of a video-based cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) as compared to a professionally administered CBT-I and to a no-treatment group.

DESIGN:

Randomized controlled trial.

SETTING:

Radio-oncology department of a public hospital affiliated with Université Laval (CHU de Québec).

PARTICIPANTS:

Two hundred forty-two women with breast cancer who had received radiation therapy in the past 18 mo and who had insomnia symptoms or were using hypnotic medications were randomized to: (1) professionally administered CBT-I (PCBT-I; n = 81); (2) video-based CBT-I (VCBT-I; n = 80); and (3) no treatment (CTL; n = 81).

INTERVENTIONS:

PCBT-I composed of six weekly, individual sessions of approximately 50 min; VCBT-I composed of a 60-min animated video + six booklets.

MEASUREMENT AND RESULTS:

Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) total score and sleep parameters derived from a daily sleep diary and actigraphy, collected at pretreatment and posttreatment. PCBT-I and VCBT-I were associated with significantly greater sleep improvements, assessed subjectively, as compared to CTL. However, relative to VCBT-I, PCBT-I was associated with significantly greater improvements of insomnia severity, early morning awakenings, depression, fatigue, and dysfunctional beliefs about sleep. The remission rates of insomnia (ISI < 8) were significantly greater in PCBT-I as compared to VCBT-I (71.3% versus 44.3%, P < 0.005).

CONCLUSIONS:

A self-administered cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) using a video format appears to be a valuable treatment option, but face-to-face sessions remain the optimal format for administering CBT-I efficaciously in patients with breast cancer. Self-help interventions for insomnia may constitute an appropriate entry level as part of a stepped care model.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00674830.

CITATION:

Savard J, Ivers H, Savard MH, Morin CM. Is a video-based cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia as efficacious as a professionally administered treatment in breast cancer? Results of a randomized controlled trial.

KEYWORDS:

RCT; cancer; cognitive behavioral therapy; insomnia; low intensity treatment; self-help treatment; stepped care; video

PMID:
25083010
PMCID:
PMC4096199
DOI:
10.5665/sleep.3918
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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