125666 - Managing insomnia in general practice
- : Online
This activity will take GPs through an interactive case study involving a patient experiencing insomnia. This activity will describe the underlying pathophysiology, the different types and potential consequences of insomnia.
The potential therapy options for insomnia will be discussed along with the tools that can be utilised to track and assess a patient’s response to treatment.
Insomnia is a very common disorder with approximately 4% of GP consultation in the year 2013–14 related to this form of sleep disturbance. Insomnia is associated with reduced wellbeing and significant long term health consequences. The magnitude of impairment due to insomnia can be similar to that seen in patients with a chronic medical or psychiatric condition (eg heart failure or depression).
Insomnia frequently coexists with other medical conditions, mental health disorders, drug or substance use/withdrawal, and other sleep disorders. It can be challenging for general practitioners to determine if insomnia is the cause or effect of concomitant disorders.
This activity describes the different types of insomnia and how insomnia is diagnosed. It then goes on to explore treatment options and how the patient can be monitored.