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


Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

Author(s): Dwinnells R, Dwinnells R, Dwinnells R, Dwinnells R

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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. © 2015 Annals of Family Medicine, Inc.
This article was published in Ann Fam Med and referenced in Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education

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