We have now stopped recruiting participants for our research study. Thank you to all those who participated and supported this important research. We will continue to support participants during and after treatment. Call 1800 211 633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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The Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre (PGRTC) at Monash University and the University of Melbourne are seeking people with gambling problems to participate in a clinical trial to research the effectiveness of different psychological treatments for problem gambling. We are conducting this study because although the treatments we are studying are known to be more effective than no treatment, we are unsure which treatments are the most effective. We also wish to understand which types of treatments work better for different people.
Participation requires you to complete the treatment and participate in some follow-up data collection and interviews that help us to understand the effectiveness of the treatment. The trial is free and participants will be compensated for their time.
The aim of this research study is to identify effective psychological treatments for problem gambling and to determine if the effects can be sustained over time. Furthermore, it will examine if different types of people respond better to certain types of psychological treatment. People's experiences of treatment will be examined in more detail in a subgroup of participants. This information is needed to understand which aspects of treatment are important for the participants and why some treatments may be more effective than others.
Who can participate?
You can participate if you:
- Are aged 18 years and over;
- Wish to receive treatment for your gambling problem;
- Can communicate in the English language.
You will not be able to participate if you are:
- Unable to understand and provide informed consent;
- Currently receiving other treatments for your gambling problems or have received such treatment in the past 12 months from a counsellor or therapist;
- At risk of self-harm.
What does participation in this study involve?
If you are interested in participating you can contact the PGRTC screening team by telephone on 1800 211 633 or by e-mail at email@example.com. In an initial telephone call, taking 5-10 minutes, you can ask questions about the study and if you wish to continue, we will check if you can participate based on the criteria above. If you are eligible to participate, you will receive written study information and a consent form that needs to be signed by you and returned to the PGRTC screening team.
With your consent, you will be randomly allocated to one of four possible types of treatment aimed at reducing problematic gambling behaviour. These include:
- Behavioural Therapy;
- Cognitive-behavioural therapy;
- Motivational Interviewing; or
- Client Centred Therapy.
Whilst the treatments differ somewhat in their content, each treatment program will include six sessions. In some cases, there will be an option to have additional sessions if both the therapist and you agree. You will receive a letter with the contact details of the therapist providing the treatment. The therapist will then contact you to arrange the first treatment session.
In order to examine if the treatment is effective in reducing gambling problems, we will collect information from you before the first treatment session and immediately after the completion of your treatment. To determine if the treatment is effective over time, data will also be collected at various points in time, up to two years after completion of the treatment. Data will be collected during 30-45 minute telephone interviews in which you will be asked, for example, about your gambling behaviour and the consequences of this, if any, and your wellbeing.
The treatment itself is free of cost. In addition, after the end of your treatment you will receive gift vouchers for each telephone interview you complete, to thank you for your time and effort.
Where will the study be held?
This study is being conducted in Victoria and treatment sessions will mainly be conducted in Melbourne.
For further information please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can chat with our screening team Monday through Friday, on 1800 211 633