Charles Morin

Insomnia: Public health burden and new trends in treatment development & dissemination

Charles M. Morin, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Director
Sleep Research Centre at Université Laval in Quebec City (Canada)

Keynote Summary: Insomnia is a prevalent public health problem associated with significant burden for the individual (e.g., increased risks of depression and hypertension) and for society (e.g., increased disability and absenteeism from work). There is solid evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is effective, safe, and well accepted by patients. CBT-I is also recognized as first-line therapy for chronic insomnia in most clinical practice guidelines. Despite this strong research-based evidence and endorsement by the scientific and professional community, CBT-I is still not widely available as first-line therapy and remains underutilized by health care practitioners. Several innovative and cost-effective treatment delivery models (e.g., Internet-based therapy, telemedicine) have yielded promising results, but it has not yet solved the imbalance between supply and demands. This lecture will review the public health significance of insomnia, summarize the current state of evidence on insomnia therapies, highlight some paradoxes between research evidence and clinical practices, and outlines future trends for improving treatment access and optimizing outcome.

Biosketch: Charles M. Morin, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sleep Research Center at Université Laval in Quebec City. He holds the Canada Research Chair on Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Professor Morin has held several leadership positions in the field, including as current President of the World Sleep Society, past President of the Canadian Sleep Society, member of the the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine board of directors, and member of the the American Psychiatric Association work group revising sleep disorders diagnostic criteria for DSM-5. He is currently an Associate Editor for the journals SLEEP and Behavioral Sleep Medicine and is on the editorial board of several other journals. His research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Institutes of Health and by the Fonds de la recherche du Québec. Professor Morin has published extensively on the topic of insomnia (8 books, 300 articles and chapters, h-index = 83) and these writings have been instrumental in enhancing the standards of clincial care and improving the quality of life of individuals afflicted with insomnia.

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