GamblingLess: A Randomised Trial Comparing Guided and Unguided Internet-Based Gambling Interventions.
Nicki A Dowling, Stephanie S Merkouris, Simone N Rodda, David Smith, Stephanie Aarsman, Tiffany Lavis, Dan I Lubman, David W Austin, John A Cunningham, Malcolm W Battersby, Seung Chul O
Journal of Clinical Medicine | Published : 2021
There is little evidence relating to the effects of adding guidance to internet-based gambling interventions. The primary aim was to compare the effectiveness of an online self-directed cognitive-behavioural gambling program (GamblingLess) with and without therapist-delivered guidance. It was hypothesised that, compared to the unguided intervention, the guided intervention would result in superior improvements in gambling symptom severity, urges, frequency, expenditure, psychological distress, quality of life and help-seeking. A two-arm, parallel-group, randomised trial with pragmatic features and three post-baseline evaluations (8 weeks, 12 weeks, 24 months) was conducted with 206 gamblers ..View full abstract