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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care Settings
Given the high prevalence of substance use disorders among primary care patients, as well as the continuing epidemic of opioid use disorders, it is important to routinely screen your patients for substance use disorders. This module describes the SBIRT model (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment), an evidence-based practice that has shown significant success in varied clinic settings at reducing alcohol and illicit substance use. Validated, structured screening tools are provided and the components of how to implement brief interventions with your patients are described. The module also discusses approved treatments for substance use disorders, as well as guidelines for when to refer your patient for other options.​
Target Audience
Intended for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and healthcare teams who treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD).
Jeanne Manubay, MD, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University

At the conclusion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Identify appropriate screening tools to detect substance use 
  • Determine the severity of substance use disorders to help guide treatment 
  • Review the components of a brief intervention
  • Describe how to provide follow-up appointments and referrals as needed

Core Competencies as a result of participating in this activity:

Interpersonal Skills and Communication
Medical Knowledge
Patient Care

Method of participation in the activity

In order to receive maximum credit, learners must: 

1. Review the materials provided in this module.
2. Earn a minimum cumulative score of 80% on the post-test. 
3. Complete an evaluation to assess satisfaction and plans for individual and/or team practice change.
4. Follow instructions at the end of the course regarding how to retrieve a certificate.* 

*Credit will not be awarded unless all components of the program are completed.  Partial credit will not be awarded.

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 07/24/2022
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 1H79TI081968 and 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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