Merck Lecture: “I Can’t Sleep!”: Gathering the evidence for an innovative intervention for insomnia in cancer patients

Nancy (Surya) A. Absolon, Tracy L. Truant, Lynda G. Balneaves, Frankie L. Goodwin, Rosemary L. Cashman, Margurite E. Wong, Manisha B. Witmans

Abstract


Sleep-wake disturbances, in particular insomnia, are experienced by 30%–75% of oncology patients, yet no effective interventions have been designed to address this distressing symptom in the ambulatory setting. In response to an identified gap in care, I share the development and evaluation of an innovative sleep intervention designed specifically for the ambulatory setting. Preliminary findings, as well as an informative blueprint for conducting point-of-care research, are described. As a “bedside” nurse it is possible and within our moral imperative and social justice mandate to take action to find evidence-informed solutions to improve care for populations of patients experiencing gaps in care. The “I” used throughout the article refers to the lead author Surya.


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