What is the need for this website?

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).