An Outcome Scale for Pathological Gambling
DESCRIPTION: Pathological gambling (PG) is a serious public health concern that
is attracting increased funding for the delivery of services. There is a
crucial need for a brief, clinically meaningful and psychometrically sound
scale that can be used in routine clinical practice to assess the effectiveness
of treatment in PG's. It is the aim of this project to develop such a measure.
In Phase I of the project we will develop a pool of preliminary items for the
Rhode Island Gambling Outcomes Rating Scale (RIGORS). Three focus groups, the
first comprised of ten PG's, the second of treatment professionals, and the 3rd
an international panel of experts on PG, will suggest content domains and items for
the preliminary version of the scale. We will then examine the psychometric properties
of the scale by administering the RIGORS to a sample of PG's seeking, or already in
treatment. The results from Phase-I will enable us to fund a more rigorous
Phase-Il multi-site treatment outcome validation study.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
The proposed application is as a brief, clinically meaningful scale that can be used and
easily scored and interpretted by clinicians. The scale will be marketed as a multidimensional
outcome measure of PG.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Robert B. Breen
PSYCH PRODUCTS PRESS
BOX 228 EAST GREENWICH, RI 02818
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