Visiting Professor Thomas F. Babor seminar series: Alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment in medical settings Event as iCalendar

07 August 2013

5:30 - 6:30pm

Venue: Room 730-264, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders. This presentation describes research on SBIRT conducted during the past 25 years, including instrument development studies, clinical trials and implementation research. Beginning in the 1980's, concerted efforts were made in the US, Europe, Australia and at the World Health Organization to provide an evidence base for alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) in primary health care settings. With the development of reliable and accurate screening tests for alcohol, more than a hundred clinical trials were conducted to evaluate the efficacy and cost effectiveness of alcohol SBI in primary care, emergency departments and trauma centres. With the accumulation of positive evidence, implementation research on alcohol SBI was begun in the 1990's, followed by trials of similar methods for other substances (e.g., illicit drugs, tobacco, prescription drugs) and by national demonstration programs in the US and other countries. The results of these efforts demonstrate the cumulative benefit of translational research on health care delivery systems and substance abuse policy. That SBIRT yields short term improvements in individuals’ health is irrefutable; long-term effects on population health have not yet been demonstrated, but simulation models suggest that the benefits could be substantial.

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