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Bonnie McRee, Angela Bermudez-Millan, Nathaniel M. Rickles

Field of Study

Public Health


Master of Public Health

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Open Access


Background. Regular screening for psychoactive substance misuse in primary care and other health care settings enables earlier identification and management of substance misuse; however, wide-scale implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services is lagging. The early exposure of health professional students to simulated interprofessional SBIRT education is one solution to address barriers in the uptake of service delivery methods in health care settings. Methods. The feasibility of a newly-developed SBIRT simulation curriculum was tested with 35 interprofessional Urban Service Track Scholars during two separate training events in April and November of 2018. Results. The evaluation identified 1) improvements among students self-evaluation of their interprofessional collaborative competence before and after the training; 2) improvements in student protocol adherence based on curriculum modifications between April and November; and 3) improvements in protocol adherence as an interprofessional team compared to an individual approach. Conclusion. Based on the findings and positive student feedback regarding the curriculum, it is feasible to conduct an effective SBIRT simulation training with interprofessional students.

Major Advisor

Bonnie McRee