The use of SBIRT in substance abuse screening

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Patient Care
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / therapy