New PCORI grant to study insomnia treatment in rural adults

The University of Pittsburgh will serve as the Clinical Coordinating Center for a new grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study will compare the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), zolpidem, and their combination for the treatment of chronic insomnia (COZI). CBT-I will be delivered on a self-guided, individualized internet platform, Sleep Healthy Using the Internet (SHUTi), developed by study co-investigator Lee Ritterband at the University of Virginia. The COZI study will involve eight sites across the US. Dual Principal Investigators are Katie Stone, PhD from UCSF and Daniel J. Buysse, MD from the University of Pittsburgh.

“People with insomnia in rural areas may have difficultly traveling to sleep clinics for care. Our goal is to test if we can bring the evaluation and treatment to their home, making it easier for them to use novel yet effective approaches to manage their insomnia,” said Dr. Buysse. Adds Dr Stone, “This project could lead to answers for patients and providers addressing insomnia, and improved health and function for millions of rural Americans. We hope that COZI can lead to sustainable changes in how insomnia is treated in rural practices.”

For further information about the COZI study, call 412-246-6445.