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Site Information provides skills training for Primary Care Physicians.

As many as 20% of primary care patients have substance use problems and primary care physicians could have a significant impact on their problems through providing screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) (Mersy, 2003). However, the reality is that few PCPs are routinely providing substance use screening and even fewer provide an intervention with their patients (Roche and Freeman, 2004; D'Amico et al., 2005). One reason is lack of adequate training (McLellan et al., 2000; Miller et al., 2001). Training needs to go beyond providing knowledge of clinical skills; it must provide an opportunity to integrate the knowledge through practice of newly learned skills (Butzlaff et al., 2004).

Our website will increase the frequency with which primary care physicians screen for substance use problems, provide a brief intervention, and make a referral to treatment when appropriate. This will be achieved by expanding upon the experiences of successful SBIRT and similar programs and the latest evidence to create a state of the art website that provides training to primary care physicians to enhance their skills in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance abuse. The website will also provide resources and networking opportunities to support their integration of SBIRT for substance abuse into their practices. Because the training is web-based, it will be scalable for any group size from the individual provider to whole organizations and can be easily deployed in a manner convenient to the busy schedule of most PCPs.

  • Clinicians who need more information and training on screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment.
  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Resident Physicians who work in primary care

Clinical Tools will not share your personal information with any third parties. However, if taking one of our modules is part of your required coursework, your measurement data (e.g.pre/post tests) will be reported to your professor upon their request.

The website is being developed by Clinical Tools, Inc. This website is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA contract No. HHSN271200800038C).

In the About Us section, there is a brief overview of CTI, as well as a link to our corporate site.

Site Content

SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment. It is an approach to screening and early intervention for substance use disorders and people at risk for developing substance use disorders. SBIRT emphasizes combined effort of screening and treatment services as part of a cooperative system of early intervention.

The forums are an area of the website where participants can participate in discussions on various medical topics, as well as get to know the fellow users on the site.

The Resources Tab gives you the ability to navigate tagged resources relevant to the topics from the site.

Using the Site

Find the group/activity that you want to join and click the link. You will be taken to the activity, where you can see the module list of each activity.

Using the site resources is free. Users must pay in order to view and receive credit for completing Module Content.

After you create a (free) account you can use the PAY NOW button on the Activity Steps page. This is secure credit card payment handled by Pay Pal. You will see a charge from Clinical Tools, Inc. on your credit card bill.
Please contact us using the Contact link if you want to use a check or discuss group payment!

If you start the activity and are not satisfied for any reason, we will refund your training fee. The request for a refund must be emailed to and be within 60 days of the original payment. Refunds will be in the original form of payment. If you complete the activity, we will not issue a refund.

Credits vary by module. Users will receive a set amount of CME credit hours upon completing the activity.

Users may view both their module transcript and activity status at any time in the "My Account" section.

The activity midpoint survey is a presented when you have completed half of the training program. We are only using the data from this survey to study the impact of our training activity. No data on individual responses will be reported. Your responses help us improve this and other training activities for future users.

A module will be marked in your transcript as complete when you have satisfied the time and page view requirements, even if you have not viewed all of the pages in the module.

To access your individual module certificates, click the Account link at the top right and go to the Module Transcript tab. From there you can access your certificates or print them if necessary.

GMail, Google Apps, and some other email accounts block the rendering of background images. For a valid OASAS certificate, please use the Print PDF functionality.

Clinical Tools includes multiple measures in our modules to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and intended behavior. We track this data for all users to assess the impact of our online curriculum.

If your questions were not answered through our FAQ section, feel free to Contact Us with your specific request and we will get back to you in a timely manner.