Development and Implementation of SBIRT Interprofessional Training for Pharmacy, Nursing, and Mental Health Counseling Students.

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Introduction: Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a public health approach to universal screening for substance use disorders in all patients and provides more in-depth intervention and treatment services for those at high risk.¹ A goal of SBIRT is to differentiate primary prevention patients from those who require further intervention. ² This is accomplished by focusing intervention efforts on patients with risky behaviors who do not currently meet substance use disorder (SUD) diagnostic criteria. The aim is to motivate these patients to proactively modify their health habits to avoid progression to SUD.

Objective: To develop an interprofessional training on the use of SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment) to address substance misuse. Pharmacy, nursing, and mental health counseling faculty and a motivational interviewing expert developed a 4 hour on-line SBIRT training module and the 6 hour interprofessional education (IPE) training day. All pharmacy students registered for Concepts in Pharmacy Practice II (PHAR 5237), nurse practitioner students taking Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment (GNUR 571), and mental health counseling students enrolled in Treatment Planning and Intervention (GMHC 530) in the spring of 2016 completed the trainings. The IPE training day consisted of a variety of exercises designed towards an integrated model of care including an ice breaker discussion about drug and alcohol use, viewing three SBIRT clinical implementation videos, a patient testimonial, SBIRT application using a standardized patient (SP) case, and facilitated group SBIRT interview debriefing. Students completed a five point Likert scale satisfaction survey at the conclusion of the IPE training day to assess course quality, practice relevance, information usefulness, and effectiveness. This project was approved by the SJFC IRB.

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Conclusions: Drinking and drug use increases the risk for chronic disease, safety, and social issues. Training designed to enhance healthcare providers’ skills can build confidence in identifying and preventing further misuse.


Presented at AACP Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, July 2017

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