0530 Hybrid Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group Treatment Model for Insomnia and Chronic Pain

Research paper by Ochsner Margolies S.

Indexed on: 29 May '20Published on: 27 May '20Published in: Sleep


IntroductionInsomnia is a common complaint for individuals with chronic pain. CBT-I as an intervention for these patients shows strong improvement in sleep but not consistently in pain outcomes. Current treatment approaches for chronic pain focus increasingly on acceptance-based interventions. Integrating ACT into a CBT-I group protocol has the potential to optimize both sleep and pain outcomes.MethodsA hybrid CBT-I/ACT 6-session weekly group protocol for chronic pain and insomnia was developed and piloted. CBT-I components included sleep education, stimulus control, and sleep restriction. ACT components included cognitive defusion, self-as-context, present moment awareness, mindfulness, and values-guided behavioral activation. Pre-post measures assessing insomnia symptoms, sleep parameters based on sleep diary, sleep catastrophizing, pain catastrophizing, pain acceptance, beliefs about pain and sleep, depression, and anxiety were analyzed using frequency analyses and paired sample t-tests.ResultsGroup participants (4) recruited from an outpatient pain management clinic were on average 57 years old, 100% female and 75% White. Post-treatment, patients reported significantly improved insomnia symptoms (ISI Mdiff=5.8, SDdiff=3.9, p < .05, ES=1.5), sleep efficiency (SE, Mdiff=16%, SDdiff= 10%, p = .05, ES=1.5), pain catastrophizing (PCS Mdiff=7.8, SDdiff=4.6, p < .05, ES=1.6), pain acceptance (CPAQ Mdiff=11.5, SDdiff=7.5, p = .05, ES=1.5), beliefs about the relationship between pain and sleep (PBAS Mdiff=2.3, SDdiff=1.3, p < .05, ES=1.8) and anxiety (GAD-7 Mdiff=3.3, SDdiff=2.1, p < .05, ES = 1.6).ConclusionHybrid CBT-I/ACT group protocol for chronic pain and insomnia showed significant improvements in sleep and, more importantly, pain outcomes. This pilot study demonstrates the benefits of incorporating an ACT approach to optimize pain as well as sleep outcomes. Future efforts will continue to refine the CBT-I/ACT protocol in anticipation of conducting a dismantling study to determine the clinical benefits of adding an ACT framework to the CBT-I model.SupportNA