Gulf War Study

 

Predictors of Response to Insomnia Treatments in Gulf War Veterans

 

Research study conducted at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital

Skills: teamwork, study design, recruitment, interviews, task delegation

The Problem

How might we tailor a non-drug treatment to help gulf war veterans with their insomnia? 

Although Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is efficacious, the optimal target populations for its major components has not yet been well-defined for Gulf War Veterans. 

Research Objective

 

We propose to address this gap and develop tools for clinicians to identify the best treatment for insomnia for individual Gulf War Veterans. 

My Role

 

Research Assistant

  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary teams to create study procedures across 3 Veterans Affairs sites

  • Wrote phone screen, regulatory materials, study protocols, and a procedure manual for study

  • Interviewed veterans over the phone for study eligibility 

Participants

 

Gulf War Veterans with insomnia complaints

Team

 

3 Research assistants (my role)

1 Primary Investigator:  Dr Jerome Yesagave

2 Co-PIs: Dr. Leah Friedman & Dr. Andrea-Goldstein-Piekarski

1 Clinician: Dr. Donn Posner

1 Physician: Dr. Jen Jennings

Experimental Design

 

Two treatments - Behavioral Therapy {BT} and Cognitive Therapy {CT} - will be compared in a randomized clinical trial with a parallel groups design.

 

Data will be collected prior to the beginning of treatment, after 6 weeks of treatment, and at the end of a 6-month follow-up.

Data collection in progress...

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