Effectiveness of two web-based cognitive bias modification interventions targeting approach and attentional bias in gambling problems: study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial (open access)

By Boffo, M., Willemen, R., Pronk, T., Wiers, R. W., & Dom, G.

Abstract: Disordered gamblers have phenotypical and pathological similarities to those with substance use disorders (SUD), including exaggerated automatic cognitive processing of motivationally salient gambling cues in the environment (i.e., attentional and approach bias). Cognitive bias modification (CBM) is a family of computerised interventions that have proved effective in successfully re-training these automatic cognitive biases in SUD. CBM interventions can, in principle, be administered online, thus showing potential of being a low-cost, low-threshold addition to conventional treatments. This paper presents the design of a pilot randomised controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of two web-based CBM interventions targeting attentional and approach bias towards gambling cues in a sample of Dutch and Belgian problematic and pathological gamblers.

Boffo, M., Willemen, R., Pronk, T., Wiers, R. W., & Dom, G. (2017). Effectiveness of two web-based cognitive bias modification interventions targeting approach and attentional bias in gambling problems: study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Trials, 18, 452. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-2190-2

 

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“Talk with me”: perspectives on services for men with problem gambling and housing instability – open access

Guilcher, S. J. T., Hamilton-Wright, S., Skinner, W., Woodhall-Melnik, J., Ferentzy, P., Wendaferew, A., … Matheson, F. I. (2016).

Abstract: Problem gambling and homelessness are recognized as important public health concerns that significantly impact individuals, their friends and families, communities and broader society. We aimed to explore the experiences with health and social services of men who had histories of problem gambling and housing instability in Toronto, Ontario.

Citation: Guilcher, S. J. T., Hamilton-Wright, S., Skinner, W., Woodhall-Melnik, J., Ferentzy, P., Wendaferew, A., … Matheson, F. I. (2016). ‘Talk with me’: perspectives on services for men with problem gambling and housing instability. BMC Health Services Research, 16, 340. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1583-3