Submission Type

Presentation

Submission Title

Developing and evaluating an on online treatment program for problem gambling.

Session Title

Session 1-3-A: Treatment Programs: Outcomes

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

28-5-2019 1:45 PM

End Date

28-5-2019 3:10 PM

Disciplines

Psychiatry and Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy

Abstract

While the past decades have seen a dramatic increase in the availability of gambling, gambling treatment services are being underutilized. This may be due in part to a number of barriers to accessing service such as lack of daycare, shift work, long distance travel, mobility and sensory disabilities, and stigma that make it difficult for some people to attend treatment. An online treatment service might mitigate these barriers by meeting the needs of individuals in the context in which they live. Therefore, we are conducting a multi-stage exploration of the implementation of an online problem gambling treatment program. This included an exploration of the advantages and challenges that are associated with addressing problem gambling using Internet based resources. This paper will include the result of a literature review, focus groups session, and key informant interviews,that were conducted to define possible approaches for delivering an on line treatment service and preliminary examination of data evaluating the treatment service.

Keywords

treatment, problem gambling, internet

Author Bio

Dr. Nigel E. Turner is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for addiction and Mental Health. He is also Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is a well-published researcher in the field of gambling studies and has extensive experience in a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Funding Sources

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Competing Interests

None for this project. I have received funding from Ontario Lottery and Gaming to evaluate some of their harm reduction measures but I do not see those as a conflict of interest.

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May 28th, 1:45 PM May 28th, 3:10 PM

Developing and evaluating an on online treatment program for problem gambling.

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

While the past decades have seen a dramatic increase in the availability of gambling, gambling treatment services are being underutilized. This may be due in part to a number of barriers to accessing service such as lack of daycare, shift work, long distance travel, mobility and sensory disabilities, and stigma that make it difficult for some people to attend treatment. An online treatment service might mitigate these barriers by meeting the needs of individuals in the context in which they live. Therefore, we are conducting a multi-stage exploration of the implementation of an online problem gambling treatment program. This included an exploration of the advantages and challenges that are associated with addressing problem gambling using Internet based resources. This paper will include the result of a literature review, focus groups session, and key informant interviews,that were conducted to define possible approaches for delivering an on line treatment service and preliminary examination of data evaluating the treatment service.