Evaluation of a Web-Based SBIRT Training Curriculum for Primary Care Providers: Improving Physicians’ Competence in Addiction Through Online Training

With funding from NIDA (Contract ##HHSN271200900036C ) we created and evaluated a web-based training program for primary care providers that builds skills in substance use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) . The primary focus is on alcohol and tobacco – other substances of abuse are also included. We found that a web-based skills training curriculum can confer both knowledge and skills necessary to deploy successful SBIRT interventions in primary care. Future studies can assess success for specific providers (e.g., OB/GYN, geriatric, acute care) and guide further tailoring of the curriculum.


Reference: Tanner T. Evaluation of a Web-Based SBIRT Training Curriculum for Primary Care Providers: Improving Physicians’ Competence in Addiction Through Online Training. Poster at 2012 ASAM Med-SCI conference. April 21, 2012. Atlanta, GA.

More info on the author: Brad Tanner