04 Jul '11, 9pm

GPs now have guidelines to manage gambling disorders

SINGAPORE - Medical practitioners here are now equipped with a set of guidelines to manage gambling disorders, as researchers warned that the proportion of gamblers addicted to casino gambling could potentially rise. MediaCorp has learnt that copies of the 38-page booklet were published last month by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The MOH director of medical services, Professor K Satku, said in the booklet that the guidelines were developed to raise awareness and to assist in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of gambling disorders. He added: "Gambling disorders such as problem gambling and pathological gambling have serious and far-ranging adverse consequences. These include breakdown of significant relationships, difficulties managing work and studies, financial troubles, as well as physical and mental health deterioration." The MOH's guidelines were drawn up by an 11...

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