Up to 60% of cancer survivors experience significant sleep difficulties. This is double that of the general population, and can often be attributed to the physical and psychological impact of cancer treatment and recovery. Poor sleep is associated with anxiety, depression, concentration and memory difficulties, higher rates of pain, increased use of sedatives and poorer quality of life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is considered to be the gold-standard treatment for primary and secondary insomnia, and is also effective in improving fatigue, menopausal symptoms, mood, cognitive functioning, pain, quality of life, immunological function, and reduced need for medication. Up to 77% of cancer patients have been found to achieve remission or significant reduction in sleep disturbances after undertaking CBT for insomnia. This workshop will provide health professionals with methods of screening for insomnia and other sleep disorders, ways to adapt core CBT strategies to more effectively treat insomnia and sleep disturbances in oncology patients, and information on different models of care that can be adapted to your service (e.g., stepped care, self-help and/or therapist-led programs). This workshop will include case-studies, practice opportunities and provision of relevant resources to health professionals.
1. Understanding of common sleep problems/disorders, their causes in people with cancer, and different methods of delivering CBTi (self-help, in person, group).
2. Knowledge of screening tools to assess and identify at-risk patients
3. Understanding of ways to adapt core CBT strategies to treat sleep problems in people with cancer, including stimulus control and sleep restriction.