What Is SBIRT?


This page is part of a larger SBIRT training activity provided by Clinical Tools, Inc. Our SBIRT activities provide clinical skills training for substance use problems to primary care providers, counselors, and students alike.
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What is SBIRT?

The acronym "SBIRT" stands for:

1. Screening
2. Brief Intervention
3. Referral to Treatment

Screening can be a quick interview question asking about tobacco, alcohol and drug use (including the use of illicit drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs), such as, ""have you ever used tobacco?" or "do you sometimes drink beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages?" Or, you can use one of several validated, quick, straightforward instruments that will be covered in this module. Longer "structured screening" questionnaires can be used to follow up on positive initial screening results -- they provide a broader picture of your patients' substance use/misuse problems.

Brief Intervention can be accomplished with just a few questions or comments, such as, "What is the hardest part for you about quitting tobacco?" or "What would you gain if you stopped drinking alcohol?" The physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, and many other health professionals in the clinical setting can be part of the process so that no one provider is over-burdened.

Referral to Treatment is important when the issue is not appropriate for your care setting or your area of expertise.

What am I going to learn in this module?

This module focuses on Screening for tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.