Screening Tools

SBIRT Process Overview

The process overview gives a quick visual representation on using SBIRT. It also includes who needs to take each step and what needs to be done.

Annual Questionnaire

The Annual Questionnaire, or prescreen, is the first assessment that is distributed at the beginning of the visit. It contains a total of two questions that ask about alcohol and drug use and can be self-administered. Drinking limits are adjusted for those aged 65 years and older. This should take less than one minute to complete.

AUDIT

If the prescreen yields a positive score on the alcohol portion, it will be followed up with the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). The AUDIT is a 10-item questionnaire that screens for harmful alcohol use. It takes roughly 3-5 minutes and can be self-administered.

DAST-10

If the prescreen yields a positive score on the drugs portion, it will be followed up with the DAST-10 (Drug Abuse Screen Test). The DAST is a 10-item questionnaire that can be self-administered and takes 3-5 minutes to complete.

Scoring Tool

This tool aids the screener in calculating the AUDIT and DAST scores. It includes scoring instructions, scoring documentation and the interpretation of the score.

Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Tools

Patient Education Sheet

An educational flyer on the topic of drinking that screeners can give to those who complete the AUDIT. It contains standard drink amounts, lower risk drinking limits, health risks of drinking to each body system, and a readiness ruler.

Brief Negotiated Interview Document

This tool uses an evidence-based format to help clinicians apply the intervention in a 5-15 minute timeframe.

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator allows health professionals to help patients and clients find the appropriate care needed. Searching by location and filtering by treatment type are just some of many features that this tool has to offer. Please note that by clicking this link you will leave the Iowa Geriatric Education Center website and be taken to the SAMHSA website.