Up to 50% of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer report sleep difficulties during and/or after treatment, which can significantly impact upon life and function.
AYA Can-Sleep is an evidence-informed, stepped care model for identifying and addressing sleep difficulties in this population. It involves initial screening using measures validated with AYA followed by the following interventions as required:
- Further screening and referral to specialist sleep services
- Provision of and coaching around the self-management resource ‘Can-Sleep: a guide to sleep for young people who have had cancer’
- Stepped up care to individualised psychology-led cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Developed in partnership between the Victorian AYA Cancer Service (ONTrac at Peter Mac) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Department of Psychology, AYA Can-Sleep has been adapted from the original Can-Sleep program for adult cancer patients and survivors. An evaluation is currently underway.