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


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.