for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at Irvine, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



The other aim of this study is to determine which of those two treatments (acupuncture or cognitive behavioral therapy) works better for treating insomnia in Informal Caregivers of cancer patients.

Official Title

Pilot Study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Acupuncture for Insomnia and Related Distress Among Cancer Caregivers


InsomniaRelated Distress Among Cancer CaregiversCognitive Behavioral TherapyAcupuncture17-001Sleep Initiation and Maintenance DisordersCognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)questionnairesDiurnal Cortisol


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • As per self report, age 18 and older
  • As per self report, identifying as an informal caregiver to MSKCC patients of any site or stage of cancer
  • Score greater than 7 on the Insomnia Severity Index and meet the criteria for Insomnia Disorder as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) (56) as assessed by the Insomnia Interview Schedule
  • In the judgment of the investigators and/or consenting professional, able to read and comprehend English
  • In the judgment of the consenting professional cognitively able to provide informed consent

You CAN'T join if...

  • As per self report, participant has another sleep disorder provided that it is not adequately treated (e.g., sleep apnea without CPAP treatment)
  • As per self report, participant has major depressive disorder, alcohol or drug dependence and
  • As per self report, heavy drinker (regularly having more than 14 alcoholic beverages per week)
  • As per self report, engaging in night shift work
  • To not obscure cortisol assessment, regular smokers per self report (daily use) will be excluded.
  • As per self report significant needle phobia as to prevent participation in acupuncture


  • University of California, Irvine
    IrvineCalifornia92697United States
  • Hunter College
    New YorkNew York10065United States
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New YorkNew York10065United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
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