Northwest ATTC provides trainings, resources, technical assistance and implementation projects on SBIRT. For more information contact NWATTC at 503-494-9611 or northwest@ATTCnetwork.org
What Is SBIRT?
SBIRT is an effective, brief protocol used during routine medical or specialty care visits to determine if a person’s alcohol or drug use may be causing potential harm to his/her overall health.
SBIRT provides an opportunity to help patients who are engaging in problematic behavior make changes before they become worse.
Primary care centers, trauma centers, and other community health and medical settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users.
SBIRT builds on the screening approach used in health care for a range of lifestyle issues, e.g. blood pressure and medication compliance. With SBIRT, screening for drug and alcohol use becomes part of every medical exam. Simple tools make it easy to implement in your setting.
Why use SBIRT?
Because alcohol and drug use directly and signifircantly affect patient health, yet are not routinely included in medical screenings.
In fact, alcohol and drug use are both among the top 10 risk factors for disease.
Alcohol use can cause and exacerbate a wide range of health conditions, including: liver disease, heart disease, certain cancers, accidents, gastrointestinal problems, interference with medications, to hame just a few. Undetected and untreated alcohol problems undermine good patient outcomes and contribute to repeated provider visits, often without getting to the root cause of the problem because alcohol use may not be as readily addressed as other potential causes of health problems.
slide source: http://www.nascsa.org/Conference2011/Presentations/Reuter.pdf
The SBIRT model includes clinician-tested tools, protocols, materials and training to help health care providers help their patients--see the resources below.
This website offers a wide array of useful tools and clear, straightforward information on SBIRT used in the clinical setting, including:
To view the SBIRT Oregon Primary Care Model Video click on the picture below.
Introduction to SBIRT
"Introduction to SBIRT" video/PowerPoint presentation by Northwest Frontier ATTC for the ATTC Network Third Thursday iTraining presented on May 19, 2011. To view the video click on the picture below. (Length of video is 1 hour 19 minutes)
Addiction Messenger series on SBIRT (click on picture to view document)
Part 1 - Why Screen and Intervene?
Part 2 - Breaking The Model Down
Part 3 - Taking It to The Field
SBIRT Readiness Ruler: summarizes information for clinicians to use with patients
SBIRT Reference Sheet: outlines steps in the process and screening parameters
ATTC Network's "Foundations of SBIRT" online training
SAMHSA-HRSA SBIRT webpages
Boston University School of Public Health BNI ART Institute SBIRT Website
SAMHSA white paper on SBIRT
CASA's SBIRT Implementation and Process Change Manual for Practitioners (Nov. 2012)