NCPD Article

Assessing Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in the Oncology Population

Eugenie Spiguel

cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, CBT-I, cancer, insomnia
CJON 2022, 26(4), 399-405. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.399-405

Background: Insomnia is highly prevalent among the oncology population, and it can affect quality of life for patients with cancer and survivors. Medications are a common treatment for insomnia. However, other treatment options, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, may also be effective.

Objectives: This review analyzes the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) to treat insomnia comorbid with cancer or during survivorship.

Methods: Based on a literature search, 19 articles identified CBT-I as a treatment for individuals diagnosed with cancer.

Findings: Studies confirm that CBT-I is an effective treatment for insomnia experienced by cancer survivors. A variety of treatment models have been studied, such as group-based, web-based, and video formats, as well as telemedicine delivery. Treatment effectiveness varies depending on the CBT-I treatment model used.

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