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

June 19th, 2015

Annals of Family Medicine: 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 to have depression and substance abuse diagnosed compared with the control group. Referral rates for the study group were more likely to occur compared with referral rates for the control group; 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.

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