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New study to examine insomnia in older adults

Miranda Varrasse McPhillips, PhD, RN, has been awarded the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her mentorship team includes, Nancy Hodgson, Nalaka Gooneratne and Allan Pack.

Insomnia symptoms in older adults with mild cognitive impairment represent a significant public health burden in terms of impaired quality of life, risks from untreated insomnia, and risks from pharmaceutical insomnia treatment. The NINR funded study, Multicomponent Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Insomnia in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, recently launched will be the first to explore the effectiveness of non-pharmacological treatments for insomnia in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

The team, led by Dr. McPhillips, will conduct a randomized pilot study to test a brief (4 week), tablet-based, personalized, multicomponent behavioral sleep intervention for insomnia, compared to a sleep education control group. Findings from this work will inform future, larger scale clinical trials and may provide a novel and innovative way for older adults with mild cognitive impairment to achieve better sleep and health-related quality of life outcomes.