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

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Objectives: To develop an interprofessional training on the use of SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment) to address substance misuse.

Method: Pharmacy, nursing, and mental health counseling faculty along with a local motivational interviewing expert developed a 4 hour on-line motivational interviewing and SBIRT training module and a 6 hour interprofessional education (IPE) training day content. 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, three SBIRT clinical implementation videos, a patient testimonial about their personal experience with drug and alcohol abuse, SBIRT application using a standardized patient (SP) case, and facilitated group SBIRT interview debriefing. Students completed a five point Likert scale SAMHSA survey to assess course quality, practice relevance, information usefulness, and effectiveness.

Results: One hundred and fifteen students completed the spring 2016 training and 97 students submitted their evaluation. Overall course quality satisfaction was 69% (strongly agree/agree), 24% (neutral), and 7% (strongly disagree/disagree). Perceived practice relevance was 81% (strongly agree/agree), 15% (neutral), and 3% (strongly disagree/disagree). Usefulness of course information was 76% (strongly agree/agree), 20% (neutral), and 4% (strongly disagree/disagree). Students’ perception of current effectiveness was 52% (strongly agree/agree), 33% (neutral), and 15% (strongly disagree/disagree).

Implications: 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.




Poster presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, July 2017

Abstract is published in American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education: Volume 81, Issue 5, Article S5: https://www.ajpe.org/doi/full/10.5688/ajpe815S5

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