One way that MCPN is mobilizing efforts in support of behavioral health is through the SBIRT. The SBIRT, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), is a screening process we use to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic substance abuse among our patients.
Since implementing the SBIRT in our sites, the Behavioral Health department has seen a 27% increase in unduplicated patient visits and a 13% increase in total clinic visits. Last year alone, more than 120,000 SBIRTs were completed in our clinics.
乐动体育官方网站“There is such a huge change in everywhere, in our world – with drugs, alcohol, with depression – I think that if we don’t ask those questions, how are we going to know if we can address them?” said Sharon Masten, Team Lead – Front Desk Support at Lakewood Health Center.
乐动体育官方网站Recently, MCPN has incorporated the SBIRT screening in an innovative approach, through the use of laptops. The laptops provide an additional layer of transparency for patients answering such sensitive questions that they may have difficulty being honest about when asked face-to-face by a provider.
“I think it is a brilliant idea,” Sharon said. “I refer to them as health questions. If you present it that way, that it is real simple to do, patients don’t have problems with that. Honestly, they’re a lot more comfortable doing it out there [in the lobby], instead of an exam room.”
乐动体育官方网站Ms. Jessie, a patient at Lakewood Health Center, expressed her appreciation for the efficiency in filling out the screening on the laptop while she waits for her appointment.
“We don’t have to sit out there and wait for them to call us,” she said. “We can go on and put everything in, and then they call us…it is an easy process.”
乐动体育官方网站The CDC reports that 1 out of 6 adults will experience depression at some point in their lives. It affects about 16 million Americans each year.
乐动体育官方网站“I believe if you’re having problems with drugs, alcohol or depression, I truly believe that that affects your physical health also. It is all hand-in-hand,” Sharon shared. “I think it is important if you work in healthcare, it is incumbent upon us to pay attention. If we are missing that piece, we are doing a real disservice.”