Effectiveness of Problem Gambling Brief Telephone Interventions: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Abbott, M
Bellringer, M
Vandal, A
Hodgins, D
Palmer Du Preez, K
Landon, J
Sullivan, S
Feigin, V
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Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora, New Zealand Government

Summary of project/aims AUT was contracted by the Ministry of Health in January 2009 to deliver a study of the effectiveness of interventions for problem gambling. Five key aims were agreed for this project, which were to:

  • generate reliable findings on the effectiveness of intervention services in producing positive outcomes on a range of measures and impact on others
  • increase the body of evidence available on the clinical effectiveness of common problem gambling intervention practices in New Zealand and inform future clinical practice
  • compare the effectiveness (on a range of outcomes) of common problem gambling interventions in New Zealand with common problem gambling intervention practices that have been validated internationally, including pharmaceutical interventions
  • identify client characteristics that mitigate the effectiveness of validated interventions, with particular attention to client ethnicity and primary gambling mode
  • develop a potential two stage research proposal that builds upon this project to provide additional evidence on the long-term effectiveness and outcomes of the treatment under trial.
Effectiveness of problem gambling brief telephone interventions: A randomised controlled trial Provider No: 467589, Contract No: 326673/00 and 326673/01 Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology Final Report, 13 December 2012
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