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Ann Fam Med. 2015 May-Jun;13(3):261-3. doi: 10.1370/afm.1776.

SBIRT as a Vital Sign for Behavioral Health Identification, Diagnosis, and Referral in Community Health Care.

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Ohio North East Health Systems, Inc, Youngstown, Ohio rdwinnells@onehealthohio.org.

Abstract

The purpose of this quasi-experimental design study was to examine the effectiveness of the behavioral health Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program at a community health center. The study group was twice as likely (25.3%) to have depression and substance abuse diagnosed compared with the control group (11.4%) (P <.001). Referral rates for the study group were more likely to occur (12.4%) compared with referral rates for the control group (1.0%) (P <.001); however, the kept appointment rates by patients for behavioral health problems referrals remained low for both groups. SBIRT was effectively utilized in a community health center, resulting in increased rates for diagnosis of behavioral health problems and referrals of patients.

KEYWORDS:

SBIRT; alcohol abuse; depression; integration; mass screening; primary health care; substance abuse

PMID:
25964405
PMCID:
PMC4427422
DOI:
10.1370/afm.1776
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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