Introduction to SBIRT
SBIRT stands for “Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment’. The SBIRT procedure is an evidence-based practice that has consistently demonstrated success with 1) correctly identifying patients who have unhealthy or harmful alcohol use; and 2) assisting those patients with ways to reduce harmful alcohol use and its consequences.
For the past decade, ENA has conducted research and developed educational programs to facilitate the implementation of nurse-delivered SBIRT in U.S. emergency departments. Although SBIRT can be used to detect harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, ENA SBIRT educational materials focus on alcohol SBIRT only. As a result of funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following programs and resources are available for your use at no-cost.
SBIRT Online Education Modules
The ENA SBIRT online education program consists of the following two interactive, self-learning modules.
- Nurse-led SBIRT Practice with Emergency Department Patients
The purpose of this one-hour, interactive module is to facilitate nurse-led SBIRT practice in U.S. emergency departments. The content provides a basic introduction to the purpose, supporting evidence and skills necessary to effectively conduct SBIRT with patients.
- Managerial Considerations for SBIRT Integration in Emergency Departments
The purpose of this one-hour, interactive course is to assist hospital managers and administrators with the integration of SBIRT services in emergency departments. The content provides an introductory overview of the research evidence, suggestions for addressing common implementation challenges and examples of key evaluation metrics.
ENA Alcohol SBIRT Toolkit
The SBIRT implementation toolkit is provided as a supplement to the online education modules. It consists of various resources and tools necessary for successful implementation, including screening tests, patient education materials, staff training video, and links to research evidence.
ENA SBIRT Training Video