Friday, January 25, 2008

CBT vs. Pharmacotherapy for Chronic Primary Insomnia

Sivertsen, B. et al. (June 2006). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Zopiclone for Treatment of Chronic Primary Insomnia in Older Adults. The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol 295, No. 24, 2851-2858.

This study compared the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) against sleep medication (Lunesta) and placebo intervention for chronic insomnia in older adults. The results showed that CBT resulted in improved short-term and long-term outcomes compared with pharmacotherapy on 3 out of 4 measures. Interestingly, for most outcomes Lunesta did not differ significantly from placebo.

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