Disseminating Information on Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in a Tribal Health Setting: A Case Study

Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2018;25(1):43-61. doi: 10.5820/aian.2501.2018.43.


Exposure to trauma is consistently associated with co-occurrence of behavioral health disorders. Primary care settings are opportune places to screen for traumatic experiences and symptoms, as they are often the initial point of care for behavioral health concerns by the Alaska Native and American Indian (AN/AI) population. In this case study, we examine results dissemination activities at the SCF Research Department-hosted 2016 Alaska Native Health Research Forum (Forum) of a pilot study of a trauma-focused screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT) process for AN/AI adults in primary care. Feedback included audience responses to the presentation delivered at the Forum and recommendations to guide future community dissemination of T-SBIRT results. Attendees (N = 31) found the presentation clear, interesting, and included the right amount of detail. Four broad dissemination themes were identified in discussion groups: 1) share results with everyone; 2) share results in ways that reach all AN audiences; 3) provide a summarized status update at each stage of the study; and 4) use results to improve care for trauma and related symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Alaskan Natives*
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychological Trauma / diagnosis*
  • Psychological Trauma / therapy*
  • Psychotherapy, Brief
  • Qualitative Research
  • Referral and Consultation