Project Summary

Background: Insomnia is a common debilitating disorder experienced by cancer survivors, and there is a need for effective nonpharmacological interventions. The project team conducted the PCORI-funded CHOICE study to determine the comparative effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and acupuncture in this population. Forthcoming study results will have important informed-decision-making implications for patients and providers regarding insomnia treatment in cancer care.

Proposed Solution to the Problem: The project team will hold a preconference planning workshop of patient advocates and clinician stakeholders at the Society for Integrative Oncology International Conference in New York, New York on October 19, 2019 to plan how to increase engagement and develop optimal strategy for timely, effective dissemination of the study findings. Then, the project team will determine how best to increase awareness of insomnia and availability of treatments to support patients and providers to make informed insomnia treatment decisions.

Objectives: The specific project objectives are to:

  • Convene a special preconference workshop to plan for how to increase patient/stakeholder engagement and develop optimal strategy for timely, effective dissemination of the CHOICE findings once they become available
  • Write a white paper on patient/stakeholder recommendations for future dissemination and implementation research based on the special workshop
  • Actively engage the target audience of patients and clinician stakeholders for future dissemination and implementation research efforts

Activities: The workshop has three parts:
Phase I: Information Gathering – To identify current challenges in awareness and/or access
Phase II: Strategies and Approaches – To learn from others who have had successful dissemination and knowledge translation activities
Phase III: Initial Recommendations for Dissemination/Implementation Research – To develop an initial list of recommendations on how best to increase awareness, access, and informed decision making

Projected Outcomes and Outputs: Key projected outcomes are a white paper on patient/stakeholder recommendations, and published summaries of the workshop in The ASCO Post and ONS Voice. By targeting patients and clinician stakeholders, the project will reach individuals with the most influence and greatest need to advocate for access to evidence-based insomnia treatments.

Patient and Stakeholder Engagement Plan: CHOICE advisory group members will continue to engage in this project as it enters this phase. To expand the existing network and plan for how to build capacity for more systemic dissemination/implementation research, the team will recruit new patient advocates and clinician stakeholders in expanded regions, communities, and academic settings by inviting NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and community cancer programs to identify patient advocates and clinicians interested in attending the workshop. This expanded targeted audience will actively participate in all conference activities. The project team will be in regular communication with patients and stakeholders for input on key issues.

Project Collaborators: Society for Integrative Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Project Information

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Key Dates

12 months


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Last updated: November 10, 2022