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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 819402, 4 pages
Research Article

Referral Practices for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia: A Survey Study

1Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
2Center for Sleep Medicine, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY 10065, USA

Received 12 March 2015; Revised 5 July 2015; Accepted 7 July 2015

Academic Editor: Andrea Romigi

Copyright © 2015 Deirdre A. Conroy and Matthew R. Ebben. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study examined referring practices for cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) by physicians at University of Michigan Hospitals and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. A five-item questionnaire was sent via email that inquired about the physician’s patient load, number of patients complaining of insomnia, percent referred for CBTI, and impressions of what is the most effective method for improving sleep quality in their patients with insomnia. The questionnaire was completed by 239 physicians. More physicians believed a treatment other than CBTI and/or medication was most effective (N = 83). “Sleep hygiene” was recommended by a third of the sample. The smallest number of physicians felt that CBTI alone was the most effective treatment (N = 22). Additional physician education is needed.