Where are the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Providers and Where are They Needed? A Geographic Assessment

Arthur Thomas, Michael Grandner, Sara Nowakowski, Genevieve Nesom, Charles Corbitt, Michael L. Perlis

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Abstract

Although it is widely acknowledged that there are not enough clinicians trained in either Behavioral Sleep Medicine (BSM) in general or in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) in specific, what is unclear is whether this problem is more acute in some regions relative to others. Accordingly, a geographic approach was taken to assess this issue. Using national directories as well as e-mail listservs (Behavioral Sleep Medicine group and Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia Roster), the present study evaluated geographic patterning of CBSM and BSM providers by city, state, and country. Overall, 88% of 752 BSM providers worldwide live in the United States (n = 659). Of these, 58% reside in 12 states with ≥ 20 providers (CA, NY, PA, IL, MA, TX, FL, OH, MI, MN, WA, and CO), and 19% reside in just 2 states (NY and CA). There were 4 states with no BSM providers (NH, HI, SD, and WY). Of the 167 U.S. cities with a population of > 150,000, 105 cities have no BSM providers. These results clearly suggest that a targeted effort is needed to train individuals in both the unserved and underserved areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalBehavioral Sleep Medicine
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StateAccepted/In press - May 9 2016

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Where are the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Providers and Where are They Needed? A Geographic Assessment. / Thomas, Arthur; Grandner, Michael; Nowakowski, Sara; Nesom, Genevieve; Corbitt, Charles; Perlis, Michael L.

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Thomas, Arthur ; Grandner, Michael ; Nowakowski, Sara ; Nesom, Genevieve ; Corbitt, Charles ; Perlis, Michael L. / Where are the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Providers and Where are They Needed? A Geographic Assessment. In: Behavioral Sleep Medicine. 2016 ; pp. 1-12.
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