Treatment Preference & Patient Satisfaction in Chronic
- Norah Vincent, PhD and Carrie Lionberg, MA
Volume. 24, Number 4 - June 15, 2001 - Page 411

Chronic insomnia is a prevalent and distressing problem, reported to affect 9% to 10% of the population (Canada). Currently there are two viable treatment options for chronic insomnia (i.e., pharmacological, psychological), and yet there is a paucity for research on treatment preference and patient satisfaction. The type of treatment which an individual receives is often dependent on the referring physician's awareness of treatment options and the availability of such services, rather than on patient preference. The primary care physician usually provides pharmacological treatment; however, the single study in this area showed that those with insomnia tend to prefer behavioral treatment over pharmacological treatment even when the treatments are described as equally effective. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the importance of assessing treatment preference and satisfaction with treatment among consumers of healthcare.

Why Don't Most Doctors Recommend Just Relax…?

Dr. Joseph W. Steffey, DC, Executive Director,
Association for Holistic Health of Florida

To paraphrase the above study, you'll get what your doctor knows about, and what your insurance company will reimburse him or her for, rather than what's available. Historically, new technologies, devices and procedures have been in use by select groups for a long time prior to the mainstream physician or academician ever accepting its existence as "new technology." Therefore, "new to them" has generally been around for a considerable number of years (usually twenty), and the public usually knows about it long before they do. According to the Association for Holistic Health (est. 1976), the public has been driving the holistic health movement for the past twenty years. That's why people like you are using the Internet to make conscious and informed choices, rather than accepting a single directive in the doctor's office.

Insufficient Sleep - A Population-Based Study in Adults
Christer Hublin, MD, PhD, Jaakko Kaprio MD, PhD, Markku
Partinen, MD, PhD and Markku Kostenvuo, MD, PhD
Volume 24, Number 4 - June 15, 2001 - Page 392

Sleep is one of the fundamental conditions for quality of life. Many primary sleep disorders as well as medical and psychiatric disorders can interfere with the effort to satisfy the need for sleep. Insomnia and other sleep disturbances are common symptoms in depression, and there is evidence suggesting that insomnia may predispose to psychiatric disorders.

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