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eSBIRT Prescreen Changes

eSBIRT Prescreen Changes - Document

Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Website: https:\\eSbirt.org
Principal Investigator: Hile, Matthew

Document Description

Implementing screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for risky alcohol and drug use in medical settings is an important but challenging endeavor. To limit the time needed to implement, it is best to assess only those individuals who may need services. The eSBIRT system uses a prescreen to do this. The initial prescreen was studied and found to be poor at making the needed discriminations. A new prescreen, based on the World Health Organization’s AUDIT‐C, was implemented and tested. The new prescreen is significantly better than its predecessor resulting in a 72% to 80% reduction in cost and 76% to 84% reduction in time needed to implement the program in outpatient settings.

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