Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral

Though most individuals who misuse alcohol and drugs are unlikely to seek specialty treatment, most of these individuals are seen in primary care medical settings. Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) has been shown to be effective in reducing substance misuse; however, most health professionals have not been trained in SBIRT. This video, developed by the University of Missouri SBIRT project, illustrates why training health professionals to perform SBIRT is important.

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Practitioners Talk About SBIRT

Dr. Shannon Merritt
Teaching SBIRT Screening Tool Use Through Clinical Precepting of Nurse Practitioner Students

A description of a First Choice Primary Care clinic and strategies utilized by clinic staff to enhance SBIRT service delivery and enrich student education. Students' confidence and competency are increased by practicing their SBIRT skills 10-15 times with patients who demonstrate a wide spectrum of severity and motivation to change.

DR. SHARON CHALMERS
Teaching and Implementing SBIRT in an Urban Volunteer Clinic Setting

A description of Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett and strategies utilized by clinic staff to enhance SBIRT service delivery. Medical technicians screen patients for substance abuse, nursing students and preceptors partner to provide brief intervention, preceptors provide referral to treatment and volunteers manage referral resource lists.

Dr. Amanda Choflet
Implementing SBIRT in a Network of Radiation Oncology Clinics

A description of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine and strategies for integrating SBIRT services into the clinic. 29 staff were trained on SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing techniques, the AUDIT-C measurement instrument was selected to capture patient alcohol use levels and the electronic medical record was further developed to capture screening and brief intervention results.

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