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Title: GPs and Problem Gambling: Can they Help with Identification and Early Intervention?
Contributor(s): Tolchard, Barry  (author); Thomas, Lyndall (author); Battersby, Malcolm (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.1007/s10899-007-9062-8
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Abstract: General Practitioners (GPs) are well placed to identify problem gamblers and provide early intervention. To date there is no evidence to suggest that GP's are routinely screening patients for potential gambling problems. This paper discusses the prevalence of problem gambling, the links with other health problems and ways that GPs can assist. Results from a pilot project that provided educational resources to GPS are also discussed. Suitable screening tools are available that could easily be used by GPs to assess the possibility of gambling problems in patients who may be at increased risk but do not seek help. Early identification and intervention may help prevent a gambling habit escalating to a serious problem. More work needs to be done to increase awareness with GPs of the extent of problem gambling in our community and to alert patients to the fact that gambling can affect their health and that GPs can help.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Gambling Studies, 23(4), p. 499-506
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-3602
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111714 Mental Health
111717 Primary Health Care
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
920401 Behaviour and Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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