J Clin Outcomes Manage
Helping patients with insomnia: a guide for the primary care physician
Swanson LM, Arnedt JT
Educational Needs Addressed Insomnia affects an estimated 5% to 10% of the general population and can cause significant distress and functional impairment. Chronic insomnia (persistent symptoms for > 1 month) is a risk factor for the development of mood disorders and is associated with chronic medical problems, substance use, falls in the elderly, absenteeism, and decreased quality of life. Insomnia remains underrecognized and undertreated in the primary care setting; therefore, it is important that primary care physicians be familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. Educational Objectives After participating in this CME activity, primary care physicians should be able to 1. Identify the causes of insomnia 2. Discuss how to assess an insomnia complaint to make a valid diagnosis 3. List the available pharmacologic treatments for insomnia 4. Describe the components of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
Case-Based Review, CME
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