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Soc Work Health Care. 2012;51(5):383-401. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2012.660568.

Translating evidence-based practices into policy: a case study in Texas.

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  • 1School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA.


Screening and brief intervention (SBI) in health care settings is an evidence-based practice for substance misuse. The Uniform Accident and Sickness Policy Provision Law (UPPL) discourages providers from carrying out SBI by allowing insurers in 26 states to refuse coverage for injuries resulting from intoxication. This project used a qualitative case study methodology to understand how policy-advocacy communication may have impacted the success of UPPL repeal efforts in Texas. Results showed bill progress could have been impeded due to less-effective communication from advocates. These findings suggest the quality of communication may influence the success of evidence-based policy-advocacy for UPPL repeal.

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