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Change in Quality of Life after Brief Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Concurrent Depression: Analysis of the Effects of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Shinji Shimodera, M.D., Ph.D.1; Norio Watanabe, M.D., Ph.D.2,3; Toshi A. Furukawa, M.D., Ph.D.4; Fujika Katsuki, R.N., Ph.D.5; Hirokazu Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.1; Megumi Sasaki, Ph.D.6; Michael L. Perlis, Ph.D.7
1Department of Neuropsychiatry, Kochi Medical School, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan; 2Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Translational Medical Center, National Center of Neurology & Psychiatry, Tokyo, Japan; 3Department of Psychiatry and Cognitive-Behavioral Medicine, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya, Japan; 4Departments of Health Promotion and Human Behavior and of Clinical Epidemiology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine / School of Public Health, Kyoto, Japan; 5Department of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Nagoya City University School of Nursing, Nagoya, Japan; 6Health Care Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Ishikawa, Japan; 7Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Study Objectives:

The efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) has been suggested for insomnia concomitant with depression, but its impact on quality of life (QoL) has not been adequately evaluated. The study aimed to determine which aspects of QoL could be affected by CBT-I and how any changes in QoL were mediated by changes in insomnia and depression.


We conducted a 4-week randomized controlled trial with 4-week follow-up in outpatient clinics in Japan. Thirty-seven patients with DSM-IV diagnosis of major depressive disorder concomitant with chronic insomnia were randomly assigned to the treatment-as-usual (TAU) alone arm or the TAU with brief behavioral therapy for insomnia (TAU plus psychotherapy) arm using modified CBT-I consisting of 4 weekly individual sessions. We evaluated QoL using norm-based scoring of the Short Form-36 at baseline and at 8 weeks. We also examined associations between QoL subscales and remission in insomnia or depression while controlling for baseline scores of the entire sample.


We tested group effects while controlling for baseline scores. TAU plus psychotherapy resulted in significantly better scores on physical functioning (p = 0.006), social functioning (p = 0.002), and mental health (p = 0.041) subscales than TAU alone at 8 weeks. Patients with either remitted insomnia or depression showed higher QoL scores than non-remitted patients; scores approximated those within the normal range.


For patients with insomnia in depression, adding CBT-I to TAU can produce substantive benefits in some aspects of QoL.

Trial Registration: Identifier: NCT00610259,


Shimodera S; Watanabe N; Furukawa TA; Katsuki F; Fujita H; Sasaki M; Perlis ML. Change in quality of life after brief behavioral therapy for insomnia in concurrent depression: analysis of the effects of a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(4):433-439.

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