An inpatient treatment program for people with gambling problems : synopsis and early outcomes

Morefield, Kate, Walker, Claire, Smith, David, Harvey, Peter, Dunn, Kirsten and Battersby, Malcom 2014, An inpatient treatment program for people with gambling problems : synopsis and early outcomes, International journal of mental health and addiction, vol. 12, pp. 367-379, doi: 10.1007/s11469-013-9462-1.

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Title An inpatient treatment program for people with gambling problems : synopsis and early outcomes
Author(s) Morefield, Kate
Walker, Claire
Smith, David
Harvey, PeterORCID iD for Harvey, Peter
Dunn, Kirsten
Battersby, Malcom
Journal name International journal of mental health and addiction
Volume number 12
Start page 367
End page 379
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2014-06
ISSN 1557-1874
Keyword(s) Disordered Gambling Treatment
In-patient programme
Summary The Statewide Gambling Therapy Service (SGTS) specialises in providing treatment for clients with gambling disorders and other co-related mental health conditions. During the period 2008–2009, approximately 1000 clients with gambling disorders diagnosed using the Victorian Gambling Screen (VGS) sought treatment through SGTS. Of these clients, 53 were admitted to an inpatient treatment program offered by the service. This paper reports initial clinical assessments and treatment outcomes from this inpatient program. A key consideration for inclusion in the inpatient treatment program was the complexity of client clinical diagnoses. Treatment involved cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exposure therapy with client progress in treatment being assessed using a range of standard clinical measures. Results include predicted values across a 12-month period (using the Victorian Gambling Screen, Kessler 10, and Work and Social Adjustment Scale) and indicate that scores across all measures might be expected to improve rapidly in the first 6 months post-treatment before slowing and levelling around 6–12 months. These findings suggest that the intensive inpatient gambling treatment program described here is a viable treatment option for participants presenting with a diagnosed gambling disorder and other co-occurring and complex mental health conditions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11469-013-9462-1
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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