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Professor Nicole Tang

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Cognitive behaviour therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for people with chronic pain: effective treatment for sleep, pain, mood, and functional outcomes?


Chronic pain that lasts or recurs for more than 3 months is a distressing and disabling condition. It is a global public health burden, with four of the top ten causes of years lived with disability being chronic pain conditions (#1 low back pain, #3 neck pain, #6 other musculoskeletal disorder, #8 migraine) (Vos et al., 2012). These pain patients usually present with multiple symptoms, with insomnia being one of the most common and disruptive comorbidities. New evidence suggests that CBT-I maybe an effective treatment for not just the insomnia but also pain and other quality of life outcomes. The proposed PhD will systematically evaluate the clinical utility of CBT-I across subgroups of this population, through conducting meta-analysis of evidence, secondary data analysis, and single-case experiments of CBT-I and novel hybrid interventions.


Physical Health and Mental Health Multimorbidity


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