An evaluation of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia: A systematic review and application of Tolin’s Criteria for empirically supported treatments


Journal Article

© 2020 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals LLC, on behalf of the American Psychological Association. The American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Psychology recently adopted the “Tolin Criteria” to evaluate empirically supported treatments. These criteria better account for the strength and quality ofrapidly accumulating evidence bases for various treatments. Here, we apply this framework to cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Following procedures outlined by Tolin, McKay, et al. (2015), Step 1 included an examination of quantitative systematic reviews; nine met inclusion criteria. Step 2 evaluated review quality and effect size data. We found high-quality evidence that CBT-I produces clinically and statistically significant effects on insomnia and other sleep-related outcomes. Based on the Tolin Criteria, the literature merits a “strong” recommendation for CBT-I. This report is a working model for subsequent applications of the Tolin Criteria.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boness, CL; Hershenberg, R; Kaye, J; Mackintosh, MA; Grasso, DJ; Noser, A; Raffa, SD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2850

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0969-5893

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cpsp.12348

Citation Source

  • Scopus