Public Health England To Conduct Gambling Related Harm Analysis

Public Health England announced that it will conduct an evidence-based analysis of the health implications associated with gambling-related damage, due to being released in Spring 2020.

The study will concentrate on updating existing gambling-related risks policies and informing future efforts in prevention and treatment.

As part of the follow-up to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport-led review of gaming machines and social responsibility, the health body was asked to inform and support action on gambling-related harm in its letter of reference for 2018 to 2019.

DCMS stated in the letter of reference that “PHE will conduct an evidence review of the health aspects of gambling-related harm to inform action on prevention and treatment.”

As part of the review, a research unit at Sheffield University has been commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research to review the efficacy of national and international strategies and initiatives aimed at reducing gambling harms.

This will be complemented by a wider evidence-based study, led by PHE, which will investigate the prevalence of gambling and related health risks as well as their social and economic effect.

The review will primarily consider the ‘prevalence, determinants and harms associated with gambling, and the social and economic burden of gambling-related harms’ which is hoped will ‘support policy-making and practice aimed at preventing and addressing problem and dependent gambling, and gambling-related harms.’

PHE stated: “We are conducting this evidence review to inform what action we need to take as part of a public health approach to gambling-related harms. We hope that it will support policy-making and practice aimed at preventing and addressing problem and dependent gambling, and gambling-related harms.

“We expect that the research will identify gaps in the evidence base and make recommendations for future research and data collection.”