The overall aims of this research were to design and evaluate an innovative service model to facilitate early identification of gambling problems and co-existing issues, and to improve access to interventions among Asian people in primary care. The research project has two parts. Part 1 involved conducting a survey to identify the extent of gambling problems, other addictions, and emotional distress amongst a sample of Asian adults enrolled in GP clinics in Auckland. Evaluation of this part of the research was to identify whether primary care can provide a setting for early identification of gambling problems for Asian people.
In Part 2, early intervention resources/services were developed, promoted and delivered through general practices to facilitate Asian people’s access to interventions for harmful gambling and mental health issues. A follow-up survey was delivered to 165 participants who had provided valid contact details in the initial survey, to find out if they had used any of the interventions provided, and to assess if there had been any change in their levels of gambling risk and emotional wellbeing since the initial survey. Evaluation of this part of the research was to identify whether primary care can provide a setting for improving Asian people’s access to interventions.
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