Feasibility and acceptability of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) or acupuncture for insomnia and related distress among cancer caregivers Journal Article


Authors: Applebaum, A. J.; Buda, K.; Hoyt, M. A.; Shaffer, K.; Garland, S.; Mao, J. J.
Article Title: Feasibility and acceptability of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) or acupuncture for insomnia and related distress among cancer caregivers
Abstract: Objective: Insomnia is a common, distressing, and impairing psychological outcome experienced by informal caregivers (ICs) of patients with cancer. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and acupuncture both have known benefits for patients with cancer, but such benefits have yet to be evaluated among ICs. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary effects of CBT-I and acupuncture among ICs with moderate or greater levels of insomnia. Method: Participants were randomized to eight sessions of CBT-I or ten sessions of acupuncture. Results: Results highlighted challenges of identifying interested and eligible ICs and the impact of perception of intervention on retention and likely ultimately outcome. Significance of the results: Findings suggest preliminary support for non-pharmacological interventions to treat insomnia in ICs and emphasize the importance of matching treatment modality to the preferences and needs of ICs. Copyright © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: insomnia; acupuncture; cancer caregivers; cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (cbt-i)
Journal Title: Palliative and Supportive Care
Volume: 18
Issue: 6
ISSN: 1478-9515
Publisher: Cambridge University Press  
Date Published: 2020-12-01
Start Page: 644
End Page: 647
Language: English
DOI: 10.1017/s1478951520001017
PUBMED: 33349280
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 February 2021 -- Source: Scopus
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