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One in 20 patients has gambling problems, UK study finds

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 17 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1375
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Around one in 20 adults has problems with gambling, a UK general practice study has found. The authors call for increased resources for recognising and responding to gambling problems in primary care.

Gambling problems are associated with deprivation, anxiety disorders, psychosomatic complaints, and high rates of suicidal ideation and attempts. But there has previously been little information on how to identify patients who might benefit from help.

Researchers recruited 1058 adult …

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