Purpose: The purpose of the SBIRT Oregon Training Initiative was to increase the number of health professionals who could effectively carry out SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) practices in urban and rural medical settings throughout Oregon. The project pursued this through embedding a training curriculum at the state’s largest School of Social Work at Portland State University, the Masters of Counseling Program at Oregon State University-Cascades, and three primary care medical residencies at Oregon Health & Science University.
Project Design: Oregon Health & Science University contracted with NPC Research to perform a process evaluation and an outcome evaluation of the training initiative. The process evaluation investigated the development and implementation of the training curriculum and provided feedback to the collaborators and the broader field regarding successes, challenges, and lessons learned. The outcome evaluation examined the impact of the training curriculum on medical residents and clinical students, specifically on their knowledge of substance use generally and SBIRT practices specifically, their attitudes toward employing SBIRT in their clinical practices, and the frequency with which they performed certain SBIRT-related behaviors with their patients and clients.
Funding Source: federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Start Date: September 2014
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