A Smartphone-Delivered Ecological Momentary Intervention for Problem Gambling (GamblingLess: Curb Your Urge): Single-Arm Acceptability and Feasibility Trial
Chloe O Hawker, Stephanie S Merkouris, George J Youssef, Nicki A Dowling
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL INTERNET RESEARCH | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Low uptake rates of traditional gambling treatments highlight the need for innovative treatment modalities. Smartphone apps can provide unprecedented access to real-time ecological momentary interventions (EMIs) delivered in people's everyday lives. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to examine the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness of GamblingLess: Curb Your Urge, the first smartphone app-delivered EMI that aims to prevent gambling episodes by reducing craving intensity in people seeking help for gambling problems. METHODS: This study was a single-arm, 5-week acceptability and feasibility trial (1-week baseline and 4-week intervention periods) involving ecological..View full abstract
Over the past 3 years, SM, GY, and ND have received funding from multiple sources, including government departments and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (through hypothecated taxes from gambling revenue) and the National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS), a not-for-profit organization with individual members across all stakeholder groups, which derives its funding from member fees and conference proceedings. SM has been the Victorian state representative (unpaid) on the NAGS Executive Committee, which includes representatives from all stakeholder groups. ND is a recipient of the Deakin University Faculty of Health Mid-Career Fellowship. None of the authors received research funding from the gambling industry or any industry-sponsored organization.