SBIRT in Primary Care: The Struggles and Rewards

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Early deduction of individuals with substance misuse is growing in many primary care centers. Program such as the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) offers a way to identify these individuals and prevent problematic use before more severe consequences occur. This paper shares how in 2011 a primary care clinic in the Midwest implemented a SBIRT program within their practices screening 5230 patients for substance misuse.

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