Insomnia treatment. Improved access to effective nondrug options

Alexander Sweetman, Nicole Lovato, Jenny Haycock, Leon Lack

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Abstract

Abstract
Insomnia is a common disorder managed in Australian general practice. The RACGP recommends cognitive and behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi) strategies as the first-line treatment. There are multiple simple and effective CBTi options accessible to Australian general practitioners and patients, but these are often underused.

Key Points
- Insomnia is a common, debilitating and costly disorder managed in Australian general practice.
- Sedative-hypnotic medications are associated with potential side effects, adverse events and long-term dependence and are a suboptimal management strategy.
- The RACGP recommends cognitive and behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi) strategies as first-line treatment.
- Australian general practitioners can access multiple CBTi strategies, including effective self-administered, online, nurse- or GP-administered CBTi, or pathways for referral to a psychologist trained in treating insomnia.
- An NHMRC research program is underway to explore whether the management of insomnia in general practice can be improved in line with RACGP guidelines. GPs interested in participating in this research are encouraged to contact the authors (contact@ncshsr.com).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalMedicine Today
Volume21
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

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