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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 9152705, 11 pages
Research Article

The Pilot Survey of the Perception on the Practice Pattern, Diagnosis, and Treatment on Korean Medicine Insomnia: Focusing on the Difference between Korean Medical Neuropsychiatry Specialists and Korean Medical General Practitioners

1Department of Neuropsychiatry, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Republic of Korea
2Department of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Republic of Korea
3Department of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University, Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea
4Department of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-shin University, Naju, Republic of Korea
5Department of Oriental Pediatrics, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Republic of Korea
6Department of Korean Medical Classics, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Eui University, Busan, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Bo-Kyung Kim

Received 14 September 2017; Revised 3 January 2018; Accepted 8 January 2018; Published 11 February 2018

Academic Editor: Jenny M. Wilkinson

Copyright © 2018 Jung-Hwa Lim et al. 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.


Introduction. This study aims to investigate the clinical practice states on the diagnosis and treatment for insomnia between Korean medical general practitioners (KMGPs) and Korean medical neuropsychiatry specialists (KMNPSs). Methods. We distributed questionnaires via email or in person to 1,017 KMGPs and via email to 165 KMNPSs. We collected and analyzed responses from 305 (30.00%) KMGPs and 53 (32.12%) KMNPSs. Results. Most KMGPs and KMNPSs responded that the number of new patients visiting the clinic for treatment of insomnia was less than 10 per month (78.2%). Frequently utilized therapies for insomnia are acupuncture and herbal decoctions. Particularly acupoint GV20 and Guipi decoction were chosen with the highest response rate. There was no difference between KMNPSs and KMGPs in the traditional Korean medical diagnosis methods. However, KMNPSs utilized more various methods to diagnose, treat, and evaluate insomnia and educated more actively sleep hygiene compared to KMGPs. Conclusions. This survey showed how insomnia is currently diagnosed and treated in Korean medical care settings. Moreover, we identified some differences between KMNPSs and KMGPs. Further research is required to explore the underlying reasons for these discrepancies among KMDs and to improve the quality of Korean medical clinical practice in treating insomnia.