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J Interprof Care. 2016 Jul;30(4):542-4. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2016.1178219. Epub 2016 Jun 13.

Interprofessional collaborative practice incorporating training for alcohol and drug use screening for healthcare providers in rural areas.

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a School of Nursing , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , USA.
b Graduate School of Public Health , University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , USA.
c Institute for Research , Education and Training in Addictions , Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , USA.


Interprofessional collaborative practice expands resources in rural and underserved communities. This article explores the impact of an online education programme on the perceptions of healthcare providers about interprofessional care within alcohol and drug use screening for rural residents. Nurses, behavioural health counsellors, and public health professionals participated in an evidence-based practice (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment-SBIRT) model that targets individuals who use alcohol and other drugs in a risky manner. SBIRT is recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force as a universal, evidence-based screening tool. Online modules, case simulation practice, and interprofessional dialogues are used to deliver practice-based learning experiences. A quasi-experimental method with pre-tests and post-tests was utilised. Results indicate increased perceptions of professional competence, need for cooperation, actual cooperation, and role values pre-to-post training. Implications suggest that online interprofessional education is useful but the added component of professional dialogues regarding patient cases offers promise in promoting collaborative practice.


E-learning; interprofessional collaboration; interprofessional learning; prevention; quantitative method; surveys; teams

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