The Experience of Poor Sleep and its Consequences: a Qualitative Study involving People referred for Cognitive-Behavioural Management of Chronic Insomnia
Authors: Green, Andrew; Hicks, Jane; Wilson, Sue
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 71, Number 5, May 2008 , pp. 196-204(9)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:Six patients seeking treatment for chronic insomnia participated in two focus groups as a first stage of questionnaire design. Despite the low attendance at the groups, the results are presented because they offer an illuminating insight into the experience of insomnia.
The participants reported major disruption to their daytime activities, especially in terms of safety and reliability, which could affect their life choices and, they believed, could affect their health. They did not feel understood by others, especially doctors, and wanted better information about insomnia and its management. The study also highlighted practical problems involved in running focus groups as well as ethical considerations that arise when conducting research with current patients. These issues are discussed along with the implications of the research, which raise questions about the role of sleep in maintaining lifestyle balance.
Further research with a larger and more varied group is recommended in order to consolidate the findings and it is suggested that further reflection is necessary to determine the extent to which sleep is a legitimate concern for occupational therapists.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 2008
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