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This report, commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF), aims to 'map the gaps' in the current evidence base relating to harmful gambling. It sets out findings from a Rapid Evidence Assessment of academic and 'grey' literature, describing the quantity and quality of existing research in this field, and highlighting areas in which evidence and knowledge are sparse or lacking. This report looks at:

  • The prevalence of problem gambling among prisoners, the homeless and members of the armed forces
  • The effectiveness of preventative measures, treatment, and other interventions including self-exclusion, self-limitation, and support by those working in the gambling industry or in health professions
  • The evidence on situational features (the geographical density, clustering and distribution of gambling venues or machines) and of structural features of electronic gaming machines (such as speed of play, lights and sounds, stop buttons and whether the player can use notes or coins).

The conclusion from this REA is that the evidence available to policy- and decision-makers in Britain on problem gambling is limited.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Key findings and implications: mapping the gap

  • Chapter Three

    Quality assessment of research into problem gambling

  • Chapter Four

    Problem gambling among offenders and members of the armed services

  • Chapter Five

    Prevention, education and corporate social responsibility

  • Chapter Six

    Treatment for problem gambling

  • Chapter Seven

    Self-exclusion and self-limitation

  • Chapter Eight

    Workforce development needs

  • Chapter Nine

    Situational features

  • Chapter Ten

    Structural features

  • Appendix A

    Methodology of the Rapid Evidence Assessment

  • Appendix B

    List of included sources and quality assessment

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The research described in this document was sponsored by the Responsible Gambling Fund and conducted by RAND Europe.

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