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Ignoring Insomnia Costs America $42 Billion a Year
Date:5/27/2009

a has been managed according to the cost of treating patients instead of the cost the disease exacts on individuals, employers, and society."

"Lack of awareness about the condition and a communication gap between patients and physicians are to blame," says Goldberg. "Without the proper education and support, patients don't know how to communicate their sleep problems to a healthcare provider, which means the condition goes untreated -- costing America billions of dollars at a time when we can ill afford it," said Goldberg.

CMPI President Peter Pitts notes, "In order to break insomnia out of the 'lifestyle condition' box in which it has been placed, we must be able to engage and educate patients, healthcare professionals, health insurers, and employers on different terms. For each audience, a new understanding of insomnia is imperative if we hope to successfully change attitudes and action. Every day without a change in course has consequence."

The report proposes the following plan of action for 2009:

  • Assemble a coalition of mainstream media, social media, and an array of private, corporate, and government partners to raise public awareness of the serious impact insomnia has on public health and the American economy.
  • Identify pathways for diagnosing and treating insomnia.
  • Execute targeted outreach to patients and health care providers based on specific criteria that reflect the latest findings in genetics, clinical research and outcomes data. Patients need to be able to identify and communicate insomnia symptoms and health care providers must be primed to identify patient complaints that indicate insomnia as well as be well-versed in available solutions.
  • Educate media, healthcare insurers, and employers about their roles in spreading awareness, improving care, and helping to move to a value-based treatment approach.

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