HCPLive: Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) could be a viable option to treat older adults with osteoarthritis (OA) in rural and underserved communities who lack ready access to insomnia treatment.

A team, led by Susan M. McCurry, PhD, Department of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Washington, evaluated the effectiveness if telephone CBT-I compared to education-only controls for older adults with moderate to severe osteoarthritis pain that is causing insomnia.

“In this randomized clinical trial, telephone CBT-I was effective in improving sleep, fatigue, and, to a lesser degree, pain among older adults with comorbid insomnia and OA pain in a large statewide health plan,” the authors wrote. “Results support provision of telephone CBT-I as an accessible, individualized, effective, and scalable insomnia treatment.”

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