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N Z Med J. 2000 Jun 9;113(1111):204-7.

Problem gamblers: do GPs want to intervene?

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Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Auckland School of Medicine.

Abstract

AIM:

To survey GPs' attitudes towards problem gamblers and knowledge to successfully intervene.

METHODS:

100 GPs, randomly selected for gender and geographical distribution, were anonymously surveyed by questionnaire through the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

RESULTS:

80 GPs responded (80% of those surveyed). There was strong support (85%) for problem gambling being within a GP's mandate, for involvement in treatment of problem gambling (72%) and for their having a role in supporting a family where a member has a gambling problem (80%). There was less confidence in: raising the issue of gambling with patients (53%), in knowledge of resources (38%) and in having the necessary training to intervene (19%).

CONCLUSIONS:

GPs see problem gambling as a legitimate role for their intervention, however, they have concerns around their competency and knowledge of resources. The provision of undergraduate and postgraduate training may assist to remove barriers to an accepted role in primary health.

PMID:
10909932
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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