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Effects of Internet-based Treatment of Pathological Gambling

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01381250
First Posted: June 27, 2011
Last Update Posted: June 30, 2011
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Collaborator:
Uppsala University
Information provided by:
Umeå University
  Purpose
A trial testing the outcome of an Internet-based treatment of pathological gambling with the hypothesis that there will be improvements both immediately and up to 36 months. It is also hypnotized that treatment response can be predicted from background variables.

Condition Intervention
Pathological Gambling Behavioral: cognitive behavior therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prediction and Treatment Outcome of Internet-based Treatment of Pathological Gambling With Three-year Follow-up

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Umeå University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The National Opinion Research Center DSM Screen for Gambling Problems (NODS) [ Time Frame: 1 month ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [ Time Frame: 1 week ]
  • Quality of Life Inventory [ Time Frame: Present moment ]

Enrollment: 284
Study Start Date: May 2004
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment
The treatment was based on established cognitive behavior therapy methods, as described in self-help books (Hodgins, 2002; Ladouceur & Lachance, 2006). The text was divided into eight modules and was adapted for Internet use. The first four modules had a motivational interviewing focus and included building motivation for change by letting the participant answer open-ended questions that would evoke talk of change. The participants were encouraged to ask for input from their relatives on different aspects of their gambling. In addition, the first four modules included time line follow-back and mapping of the reasons for gambling. The remaining four modules were based on CBT. Each module included information and exercises and ended with three to eight essay-style questions. Feedback on homework assignments was usually given within 24 hr after participants had sent their answers via e-mail. Once weekly, a telephone call was made by the therapists to each participant.
Behavioral: cognitive behavior therapy
The treatment was based on established cognitive behavior therapy methods, as described in self-help books (Hodgins, 2002; Ladouceur & Lachance, 2006). The text was divided into eight modules and was adapted for Internet use. The first four modules had a motivational interviewing focus and included building motivation for change by letting the participant answer open-ended questions that would evoke talk of change. The participants were encouraged to ask for input from their relatives on different aspects of their gambling. In addition, the first four modules included time line follow-back and mapping of the reasons for gambling. The remaining four modules were based on CBT. Each module included information and exercises and ended with three to eight essay-style questions. Feedback on homework assignments was usually given within 24 hr after participants had sent their answers via e-mail. Once weekly, a telephone call was made by the therapists to each participant.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pathological gambling according to DSM and having gambled at least once the past month
  • Being atleast 18 years old
  • Living in Sweden

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Locations
Sweden
University
Umea, Sweden
Sponsors and Collaborators
Umeå University
Uppsala University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Per Carlbring, PhD Umeå University
  More Information

Responsible Party: The Swedish National Institute of Public Health
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01381250     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Spelstudie2
First Submitted: June 22, 2011
First Posted: June 27, 2011
Last Update Posted: June 30, 2011
Last Verified: January 2004

Keywords provided by Umeå University:
Pathological gambling according to DSM and having gambled at least once the past month.
Being atleast 18 years old

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gambling
Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders
Mental Disorders