Projects

Ms Gayl Humphrey
The University of Auckland
Smart phone delivered CBT for gambling related harm: An RCT
$1,190,695
36 months

Lay summary

Harms from gambling are a major public health problem in New Zealand. People with addictions, including problem gambling, respond to seeing ‘cues’ that make them feel strong urges to take part in the addictive behaviour. Behaviour-change programmes on computers can help people with gambling urges. The same programmes, developed and delivered by mobile phones may be a way to reach and help many more people. Our study aims to find out if a programme delivered via an app can help people who are having their lives harmed by gambling. We will work with consumers, to develop a smartphone app, then ensure it is acceptable to them, and easy to use; we will follow this with a randomised controlled trial that tests the effectiveness of the app for reducing gambling harm and preventing relapse, compared with a simple information (“placebo”) app.

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