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It seems sensible to tailor treatments of insomnia in relation to the presenting characteristics of the sleeper and of the complaint. This report describes the first study formally to examine the comparative effectiveness of tailored and untailored (randomly allocated) treatments. We developed a questionnaire to facilitate the designing of individualized programmes. Results indicated that statistical analysis may underestimate the benefits of tailoring. Measures of clinically significant change, however, suggested that tailored treatment though it may be highly effective, is no more so than stimulus control therapy.


Journal article


J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry

Publication Date





143 - 153


Adult, Arousal, Behavior Therapy, Chronic Disease, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic, Reaction Time, Relaxation Therapy, Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders