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Nurse Pract. 2016 Oct 20;41(10):1-3. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000497009.24998.6c.

The use of SBIRT in substance abuse screening.

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Sherrie Ladegast is an FNP at Pacific Family Practice, San Francisco, Calif., and recent DNP graduate from the University of San Francisco.


There are many barriers to screening for alcohol and drug abuse. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) principles can be used in identifying and helping patients with substance abuse problems. This article introduces SBIRT, discusses barriers to implementation, and reviews current practice recommendations.

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