SBIRT: Brief and Effective Screening for Hazardous Substance Use

The learner will be able to appropriately screen for and identify hazardous substance use and triage patients with substance use problems to their appropriate level of care.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Select appropriate screening tools and evaluations for hazardous substance use based on patient history and characteristics

  • Screen patients effectively for substance use problems

  • Interview the patient to clarify responses to screening for substance use problems

  • Interpret hazardous substance use history and screening results

Professional Practice Gaps

Screening and brief intervention for alcohol use in primary care is effective in helping patients consume alcohol at safer levels (AAP, 2010). Unfortunately, few PCPs are routinely providing alcohol screening or intervention with their patients (Roche and Freeman, 2004; D'Amico et al., 2005).

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Alcohol use by youth and adolescents: a pediatric concern. Pediatrics. 2010; 125(5): 1078-1087. Available at: Accessed on: 2010-10-29.
D'Amico EJ, Paddock SM, Burnam A, Kung FY. Identification of and guidance for problem drinking by general medical providers: results from a national survey. Medical Care. 2005; 43(3): 229-236. Available at: Accessed on: 2013-10-24.
Roche AM, Freeman T. Brief interventions: good in theory but weak in practice. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2004; 23(1): 11-18. Available at: Accessed on: 2013-10-24.