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GAMBLINGLESS: FOR LIFE study protocol: a pragmatic randomised trial of an online cognitive-behavioural programme for disordered gambling

Merkouris, S.S., Rodda, S.N., Austin, D, Lubman, D.I., Harvey, P., Battersby, M., Cunningham, J., Lavis, T., Smith, D. and Dowling, N.A. 2017, GAMBLINGLESS: FOR LIFE study protocol: a pragmatic randomised trial of an online cognitive-behavioural programme for disordered gambling, BMJ open, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014226.

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Title GAMBLINGLESS: FOR LIFE study protocol: a pragmatic randomised trial of an online cognitive-behavioural programme for disordered gambling
Author(s) Merkouris, S.S.
Rodda, S.N.ORCID iD for Rodda, S.N. orcid.org/0000-0002-7973-1003
Austin, DORCID iD for Austin, D orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Lubman, D.I.
Harvey, P.ORCID iD for Harvey, P. orcid.org/0000-0003-2983-663X
Battersby, M.
Cunningham, J.
Lavis, T.
Smith, D.
Dowling, N.A.
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Article ID e014226
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02-23
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) gambling disorder
online
randomised trial
self-directed
Summary INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of disordered gambling worldwide has been estimated at 2.3%. Only a small minority of disordered gamblers seek specialist face-to-face treatment, and so a need for alternative treatment delivery models that capitalise on advances in communication technology, and use self-directed activity that can complement existing services has been identified. As such, the primary aim of this study is to evaluate an online self-directed cognitive-behavioural programme for disordered gambling (GamblingLess: For Life). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The study will be a 2-arm, parallel group, pragmatic randomised trial. Participants will be randomly allocated to a pure self-directed (PSD) or guided self-directed (GSD) intervention. Participants in both groups will be asked to work through the 4 modules of the GamblingLess programme over 8 weeks. Participants in the GSD intervention will also receive weekly emails of guidance and support from a gambling counsellor. A total of 200 participants will be recruited. Participants will be eligible if they reside in Australia, are aged 18 years and over, have access to the internet, have adequate knowledge of the English language, are seeking help for their own gambling problems and are willing to take part in the intervention and associated assessments. Assessments will be conducted at preintervention, and at 2, 3 and 12 months from preintervention. The primary outcome is gambling severity, assessed using the Gambling Symptom Assessment Scale. Secondary outcomes include gambling frequency, gambling expenditure, psychological distress, quality of life and additional help-seeking. Qualitative interviews will also be conducted with a subsample of participants and the Guides (counsellors). ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The study has been approved by the Deakin University Human Research and Eastern Health Human Research Ethics Committees. Findings will be disseminated via report, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ACTRN12615000864527; results.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014226
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
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