Comparing internet-delivered Cognitive Therapy and Behavior Therapy with telephone support for insomnia disorder: A randomized controlled trial.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Sleep (2019)


<p><b>STUDY OBJECTIVES: </b>Our aim was to compare the effects of internet-delivered Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Behavior Therapy (BT) against a waitlist (WL) condition to better understand their unique contribution in the treatment of insomnia.</p><p><b>MATERIALS AND METHODS: </b>Two hundred and nineteen participants with insomnia disorder were randomized to CT (n=72), BT (n=73) or WL (n=74). The treatment arms consisted of 10 weekly internet-delivered modules with 15 minutes of telephone support per week. At pre, post and follow-up, participants completed measures of insomnia severity, sleep diaries, functional impairment, anxiety, depression, quality of life, adverse events, satisfaction and perception of content, workload, and activity in treatment. Measures of completed exercises, modules, therapist support, and platform logins were also measured at post-treatment.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Moderate to large effect sizes for both CT and BT outperformed the WL on the majority of outcomes, with significant differences in favor of both therapy groups. Both treatment groups had significantly larger proportion of treatment remitters (CT: 35.8%, BT: 40%, WL: 2.7%) and responders (CT: 74.6%, BT 58.6%, WL: 10.8%) compared to the waitlist at posttreatment. There were no significant differences between the two therapy groups in terms of outcomes, except for sleep onset latency in favor of BT (6 minutes difference at post-treatment) and adverse events in favor of CT (CT 14.1% vs BT 43.2%).</p><p><b>CONCLUSIONS: </b>This study indicates that both internet-delivered CT and BT are effective as stand-alone therapies for insomnia disorder. Results highlights the need for examining which therapy and sub-components that are necessary for change.</p>

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