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Issues of Substance Abuse Dedicated to Screening and Brief Intervention

Two recent issues of Substance Abuse—the journal published by The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse—focused on alcohol and drug screening and brief intervention. Topics explored include the following:

  • The history of screening and brief intervention (BI)
  • Screening and BI as a public health approach to managing substance abuse
  • Methodological issues in screening and BI research
  • Communication during BIs
  • Quality issues in alcohol screening
  • Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of screening and BI
  • Training to improve emergency doctors’ skills in screening and BI
  • BI and multiple risk factors in primary care
  • Adolescents’ preferences for substance abuse screening in primary care practice
  • Alternatives to person-delivered intervention approaches in college students
  • Measuring performance of BI

Comments:

These special issues are timely given the large federal efforts to actively disseminate screening and brief intervention throughout the US. The research suggests that although screening and brief intervention is now a mature clinical practice, many questions ranging from efficacy to implementation in different settings remain. Richard Saitz, MD, MPH
Rosanne T. Guerriero, MPH

Reference:

Substance Abuse. 2007;28(3). Alcohol/Drug Screening and Brief Intervention: Advances in Evidence-Based Practice.  Part I.

Substance Abuse. 2007;28(3). Alcohol/Drug Screening and Brief Intervention: Advances in Evidence-Based Practice.  Part II.


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