The Generalitat and the Hospital de Bellvitge collaborate in the prevention of gambling addiction
They have signed a collaboration agreement to promote research in the field of addiction prevention with games of chance
The Catalan administration will provide the HUB with the anonymized data from the Registry of people who are prohibited from accessing bingos and casinos
The Department of the Vice Presidency and of Economy and Finance and the Bellvtige University Hospital (HUB) of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelonès) signed a collaboration agreement last Thursday, April 29, to promote research in the field of addiction prevention and healthy behaviors related to gambling.
Thanks to the agreement, the General Directorate of Taxes and Gambling will provide the Pathological Gambling Unit of the HUB Psychiatry Service with the anonymized data from the Registry of people who have access to gaming halls, bingo halls and casinos is prohibited to promote research related to gambling problems in Catalonia.
The purpose of this collaboration is carry out studies or carry out other research actions whose purpose is to assess the changes that are taking place in the offer and the modalities of gambling and the effects that these may have on the behavior of the players, especially among the youngest and in other vulnerable groups.
Identify risk factors
Facilitating this research with the data from the aforementioned registry “is an innovative and pioneering fact, which shows, once again, that games of chance and sus pernicious effects on people is a priority issue for the Government to deal with”, highlighted the Secretary General of the Department of the Vice-Presidency and Finance, Albert Castellanos.
For her part, the person in charge of the South Metropolitan Territorial Management of Catalan Health Institute (ICS), Montserrat Figuerolastressed that “this is an important initiative that will allow identify risk factors associated with problematic gambling behaviors, as well as developing prevention programs aimed at the general population, but especially at people with more vulnerable profiles”.
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