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JANUARY 24, 2017

A tool so patients can stop counting sheep and go to sleep

Approximately one in every seven (3.3 million) Canadians have difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep. Last week, we launched the Management of Chronic Insomnia tool for primary care providers to help them treat patients who are concerned about their lack of sleep.

This tool can help providers manage patients who have insomnia. It discusses appropriate management options, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and pharmacotherapy regimens, to help guide providers on the treatment options available for a patient with insomnia.

In order to make sure the tool is for providers and by providers, family physicians and nurse practitioners were engaged throughout the development of this tool. They were engaged as clinical leads and clinical working group members. Additionally, providers were consulted through focus groups and one-on-one user prototyping sessions throughout the tool’s development process.

Click here to access the tool and here to learn more about the Knowledge Translation in Primary Care initiative.

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