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Map the Gap

a critical review of the literature on gambling-related harm

Published Oct 17, 2011

by Emma Disley, Alexandra Pollitt, Deirdre May Culley, Jennifer Rubin

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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.

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