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Better Days, Better Nights: Treatment for Sleep Difficulties

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
IWK Health Centre Identifier:
First received: June 15, 2006
Last updated: February 15, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

The purpose of the Strongest Families (formerly Family Help Program)is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Strongest Families distance intervention compared to usual or standard care that is typically provided to children with mild to moderate sleep onset latency and/or bedtime resistance difficulties. This is a single-centre trial based at the IWK Health Centre. The primary outcome is change in sleep patterns (sleep onset latency and/or bedtime resistance).

Condition Intervention Phase
Sleep Onset Latency and/or Bedtime Resistance
Behavioral: FHP Sleep Program
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Better Days, Better Nights: Treatment for Sleep Difficulties (A Sleep Intervention Module of the Family Help Program)

Further study details as provided by IWK Health Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Child Sleep Habits Questionnaire [ Time Frame: baseline, 2months & 6 month follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Sleep diary [ Time Frame: daily during treatment; on follow-up at 2 & 6 MONTHS post randomization ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Actigraph recordings [ Time Frame: daily during treatment; baseline, 2 & 6 months follow-up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: April 2005
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment
Stratified with or without behavior Disorder Diagnosis: 50% randomized to receive sleep distance intervention
Behavioral: FHP Sleep Program
Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention
No Intervention: Control
Stratified with/without behavior diagnosis: 50% randomized to receive usual care for sleep disorder
Behavioral: FHP Sleep Program
Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention

Detailed Description:

The purpose of the Family Help Sleep Program is to deliver, primary care mental health services to children and their families in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Approximately 80 children (6-12 years of age)suffering from mild to moderate sleep onset latency and/or bedtime resistance will be randomized.

The intervention is delivered from a distance, using an educational handbook and telephone consultation with a trained paraprofessional "coach" who is supervised by a licensed health care professional. The telephone coach delivers consistent care based on written protocols, with on-going evaluation by a professional team.


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 12 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • children 5-12 years of age
  • attending grades primary-6 (Elementary School)
  • sleep onset latency and/or bedtime resistance
  • speak and write English
  • provides parental authorization
  • has access to telephone in home

Exclusion Criteria:

  • any mental health disease with the exclusion of disruptive behavior disorder
  • neurological conditions
  • moderate to severe cognitive impairment
  • has received a behavioral intervention for sleep difficulties in the past 6 months
  • nocturnal enuresis
  • sleep apnea
  • co-sleeping
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00338429

Canada, Nova Scotia
IWK Health Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K 6R8
Sponsors and Collaborators
IWK Health Centre
Principal Investigator: Penny Corkum, PhD. IWK Health Centre and Dalhousie University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: dr. penny corkum, Dalhousie University Identifier: NCT00338429     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 3104, NSHRF grant
Study First Received: June 15, 2006
Last Updated: February 15, 2010
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by IWK Health Centre:
sleep onset latency
bedtime resistance processed this record on November 24, 2014