What practitioners need to understand

  • Don’t assume that patients would always want or need a prescription 
  • Many patients had tried non-drug treatments but not adequately or consistently 
  • Patients are often open to alternatives

References

Dyas JV, Apekey TA, Tilling M, Middleton H, Siriwardena AN. Patients’ and clinicians’ experiences of consultations in primary care for sleep problems and insomnia: a focus group study. BJGP 2010; 60: 329 -333.