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Medical News & Perspectives
December 3, 2008

Despite Effectiveness, Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Insomnia Still Underused

JAMA. 2008;300(21):2474-2475. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.719

Studies show that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) works as well as, or better than, hypnotic medications to alleviate chronic insomnia, and its benefits also continue after active treatment ends. While US physicians treating patients with insomnia more often prescribe medications than behavioral strategies, sleep specialists are stepping up CBT-I training. They also are working to improve CBT-I delivery in primary care settings, where three-fourths of people with insomnia receive their treatment.

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