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Optimizing Support and Service Delivery for Problem Gambling Among People Living with Complex Needs

Principal Investigators: Dr. Flora Matheson and Dr. Sara JT Guilcher

Optimizing Support is a multi-deliverable study designed to give people experiencing problem gambling (PG) and other health and social needs an alternative treatment option.

Firstly, we are created a prototype of a Smartphone app to help people self-manage their problem gambling. Developed in collaboration with Dr. Sara Guilcher’s research team at the University of Toronto, and community partners such as the Good Shepherd Ministries, the Jean Tweed Centre, Fred Victor and the Biomedical Zone, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, the app is now going into full development and will also be used in problem gambling service delivery.

The prototype was informed by:

  • Qualitative interviews with people who have lived experience with PG and other health and social concerns
  • A focus group with partner agency staff about client service delivery and support needs
  •  A scoping review of self-management strategies for problem gambling

Secondly, we used variety of healthcare providers to understand what knowledge, strategies and resources are needed to improve screening and treatment for PG.

Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Self-Management in the Age of Complexity: An eHealth Tool to Support People Experiencing Gambling, Poverty and Homelessness

Principal Investigators: Dr. Flora Matheson and Dr. Alireza Sadeghian (Ryerson University)

There are significant gaps in Canada’s current mental health and addiction services for people experiencing problem gambling. Problem gambling is often associated with substance use, mental illness, trauma, chronic illness, and disability. There is a strong association between problem gambling, poverty, and homelessness. Addressing these interconnected needs requires an integrated care approach that pairs self-management with service provision, a model which largely does not exist in Canada. Working with community partners and people with lived experience, we are designing, developing, and evaluating a mobile application to support people experiencing problem gambling.

Funded by CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects grant (2019 – 2022).