A recently completed study, ‘Integrating online communities and social networks with computerised treatment for insomnia: a qualitative study of service user and multiprofessional primary health care perspectives’ was presented by Prof Niro Siriwardena in the e-health session of the fourth biannual conference of the European Forum for Primary Care: The Future of Primary Healthcare in Europe IV held in September in Gothenburg’s Museum of World Culture in Sweden.
The study authors also included Jo Middlemass, Dr Zowie Davy, Dr Kate Cavanagh, Dr Conor Linehan, Professor Kevin Morgan and Professor Shaun Lawson. The study was funded by the EPSRC Healthcare Partnerships programme and is the first study in a wider project, ‘Exploring social Networks to Augment Cognitive behavioural Therapy (ENACT)’.
ENACT aims to design and test a novel mode of delivery of treatment for sleep problems including mobile phone technology, electronic assessment of sleep and computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CCBT-I). The study involved interviews and focus groups with service users and health professionals to elicit beliefs and intentions that might facilitate or create barriers to the uptake and adherence to CCBT-I.
The study is due to be presented at the Society for Academic Primary Care in Glasgow and to be published in the British Journal of General Practice later this year.