Integrating technology to increase the reach of CBT-I: state of the science and challenges ahead.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Sleep, Volume 46, Issue 1 (2023)


Aged, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, COVID-19, Humans, National Health Programs, Pandemics, Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders, Technology


<p>In this Round Table Discussion, an international panel of experts discuss issues related to the use of technology in the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), in order to increase its reach. Panelists were, in alphabetical order, Carmela Alcántara, PhD, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, USA, Bei Bei, PhD., an Associate Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Charles M. Morin, PhD., a Professor of Psychology at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and Annemieke A. van Straten, PhD., a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The session was chaired by Rachel Manber, PhD., a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California, USA. In their introductions each panelist discussed the use of technology in their respective country. All indicated that the most common way technology is used in the treatment of insomnia is through the use of video calls (telemedicine) to deliver individual CBT-I, and that this is mostly covered by publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also some fully automated insomnia treatment programs, but they're often not covered by Medicare or other health insurance programs.</p>

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