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Brief Telehealth CBT-I Intervention in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 7, 2021

Overview

The Brief Telehealth CBT-I Intervention in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic study aims to determine if cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can prevent insomnia or improve mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Study Information 

50 participants with sleep troubles who also have a history of depression and are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 will receive either immediate cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia or a waitlist of 7 months. The waitlist group will receive CBT 7 months after being assigned to their category.

 

At baseline, quality of life, sleep disruption, suicidal ideation and neuropsychiatric symptoms will be recorded and a second time at the end of the study, by online surveys and clinical interviews. The same parameters will be assessed at subsequent follow-up appointments at 3, 7, and 13 months. Anxiety and depression and sleep disturbance will be recorded at the end of every week to determine weekly changes. 

 

Inclusion Criteria

 

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Has internet access
  • Has self-reported sleep complaints beginning after March 1 2020 or the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Lives in the United States

 

Exclusion Criteria

 

  • Has high risk suicidal ideation 
  • Takes medication for sleep problems and is unwilling to discontinue use for more than one week prior to the start of data collection
  • History of bipolar disorder or psychosis
  • Has substance abuse or dependance
  • Cannot provide written and informed consent 
  • Illiterate in English
  • Has other mental health disorders that are treated in an unstable manner through medication
  • Severe vision, hearing or motor impairment
  • Inability to follow study protocols
  • Works a rotating shift overlapping with 2400h

 

Locations

Stanford University

Palo Alto, California, United States

 

Sponsors / Collaborators

Stanford University

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