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Ann M Mitchell and Irene Kane

Ann M Mitchell and Irene Kane

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Title: Alcohol screening and brief intervention-works to reduce harm


Ann M Mitchell has completed her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Professor of Nursing and Vice Chair for Administration in the Health and Community Systems Department at the University of Pittsburgh; School of Nursing. She is the Project Director or Principal Investigator on two HRSA-funded grants, two CDC-funded grants and a grant through SAMHSA. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and sits on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals. She and members of her team received the International Award for Excellence in Evidence-Based Practice Award from Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing. Irene Kane is an Associate Professor of Nursing with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience in developing and teaching health promotion programs emphasizing disease prevention and health management to improve psychobiological wellbeing. She is a certifi ed Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) trainer with over 25 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and share SBIRT training knowledge, skills and outcomes to address substance use identifi cation and brief interventions earlier along the continuum of use, misuse, abuse and dependence.


Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (Alcohol SBI) is a public health and evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent problematic use, abuse and dependence on alcohol. Th e Alcohol SBI model calls for inter professional, widespread and community-based screening for risky alcohol use behaviors to reduce alcohol exposed pregnancies (AEPs), fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) and other negative health consequences. Healthcare providers cannot ignore the worldwide statistics which relate that alcohol misuse causes signifi cant morbidity and premature mortality among all patient populations. Th e question is: How can health care professionals assess the potential for or the presence of alcohol use in their patients? Th is workshop for both novice and experienced Alcohol SBI users will provide: An overview of alcohol use worldwide, a review of the Alcohol SBI process and a simulation exercise to practice alcohol screening and a brief intervention for a patient drinking at a risky or hazardous level. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to describe alcohol use worldwide, list the steps in the Alcohol SBI process and discuss the pros and cons of the simulation exercise.