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Pilot randomized controlled trial of an online intervention for problem gamblers

Cunningham, John; Godinho, Alexandra; Hodgins, David

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Introduction This pilot randomized controlled trial sought to evaluate whether an online intervention for problem gambling could lead to improved gambling outcomes compared to a no intervention control. Participants were recruited through a crowdsourcing platform. Methods Participants were recruited to complete an online survey about their gambling through the Mechanical Turk platform. Those who scored 5 or more on the Problem Gambling Severity Index and were thinking about quitting or...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCunningham, John
dc.contributor.authorGodinho, Alexandra
dc.contributor.authorHodgins, David
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-29T22:26:22Z
dc.date.available2022-11-29T22:26:22Z
dc.identifier.issn2352-8532
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/281385
dc.description.abstractIntroduction This pilot randomized controlled trial sought to evaluate whether an online intervention for problem gambling could lead to improved gambling outcomes compared to a no intervention control. Participants were recruited through a crowdsourcing platform. Methods Participants were recruited to complete an online survey about their gambling through the Mechanical Turk platform. Those who scored 5 or more on the Problem Gambling Severity Index and were thinking about quitting or reducing their gambling were invited to complete 6-week and 6-month follow-ups. Each potential participant who agreed was sent a unique password. Participants who used their password to log onto the study portal were randomized to either access an online intervention for gambling or to a no intervention control. Results A total of 321 participants were recruited, of which 87% and 88% were followed-up at 6 weeks and 6 months, respectively. Outcome analyses revealed that, while there were reductions in gambling from baseline to follow-ups, there was no significant observable impact of the online gambling intervention, as compared to a no intervention control condition. Conclusions While the current trial observed no impact of the intervention, replication is merited with a larger sample size, and with participants who are not recruited through a crowdsourcing platform.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rights© 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceAddictive Behaviors Reports
dc.subjectAmazon Mechanical Turk
dc.subjectInternet
dc.subjectOnline web
dc.subjectData collection
dc.subjectResearch methods
dc.subjectProblem gambling
dc.titlePilot randomized controlled trial of an online intervention for problem gamblers
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume9
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor420313 - Mental health services
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB3239
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.elsevier.com/en-au
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCunningham, John, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGodinho, Alexandra, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
local.contributor.affiliationHodgins, David, University of Calgary
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage5
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.abrep.2019.100175
dc.date.updated2021-11-28T07:29:54Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85062599380
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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