This webinar covers basic principles that can be used to guide SBIRT implementation in any site or organization.
Objectives – Learn:

  • The importance of developing a vision for your implementation project;
  • Ways of assessing an organization’s culture and behavior and why this is important to determining how to implement SBIRT;
  • How to do on site observations and develop an effective implementation plan;
  • The role of a champion in effectively implementing SBIRT;
  • To adapt to the site’s ever changing needs and support effective and ongoing implementation;
  • How to address sustainability.


Janice L. Pringle, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU). She is an epidemiologist by training with extensive experience in health services research. Her particular area of research expertise is in risk substance use services, especially research involving the application of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within various healthcare settings. Dr. Pringle is currently leading the evaluation of a Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) funded initiative within Pennsylvania that has involved the application of SBI techniques by community pharmacists for the purpose of improving medication adherence. Dr. Pringle is also accomplished in developing healthcare policy research and briefs that have been used to inform policy development at both the state and federal level.

Webinar Shortcuts

6:50 Intro to SBIRT Implementation, it’s not like a recipe
8:50 Any system that involves humans is complex
9:50 The innovation model
13:43 The importance of creating a vision
15:30 An ideal vision “Every patient receives the correct SBIRT process by the appropriate staff and provider at the right time every time.” This vision tends to work throughout healthcare settings.
19:10 Determining implementation strategy
21:45 Organizational readiness
24:45 Interview criteria to determine organizational readiness
27:15 The power of informal leaders
43:05 Selecting and ranking sites
46:00 Conducting a current conditions/business process analysis
49:00 Determining project vision and goals; specify the work!
51:00 Developing an implementation plan, the four rules of use
54:50 Components of an ideal performance measurement system
58:00 Developing a staff development/training plan
1:03:20 Learning, changing and improving
1:05:45 Run charts
1:06:38 Sustainability
1:09:00 Making it fun, celebrate your victories
1:12:15 Q&A

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