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Clinical Care Guidelines

Alcohol & Drugs


Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner's Guide
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2011
This screening tool is designed to help health care professionals quickly identify youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. This early detection tool aims to help you prevent alcohol-related problems in your patients before they start or address them at an early stage.
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2011
AUDIT focuses on drinking patterns and alcohol-related behaviors. Research supports use of the this screening tool for adolescents ages 14 to 18, with cut points of two for identifying any alcohol problem use and three for alcohol abuse or dependence.
Drug Abuse Screen Test (DAST-10) Screening Tool
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2006
For use with older youth and adults, this 10-item, yes/no self-report instrument was designed to provide a brief instrument for clinical screening and treatment evaluation.
Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings
National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2010
This screening tool guides clinicians through a series of questions to identify risky substance use in their adult patients. The quick resource guide assist clinicians in providing patient feedback and arranging for specialty care, where necessary, using the five As of intervention.
Alcohol and Drugs
The CRAFFT Screening Tool
The Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, 2009
A behavioral health screening tool for use with children under the age of 21, it consists of a series of six questions developed to screen adolescents for high risk alcohol and other drug use disorders simultaneously.
TIP 31: Screening and Assessing Adolescents for Substance Use Disorders
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009
These guidelines for screening and assessing teens for alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems discuss assessment for referral and treatment, confidentiality laws, screening and assessment in juvenile justice settings, and screening and assessment tools.
Substance Use Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment for Pediatricians
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011
This policy statement addresses practitioner challenges posed by the spectrum of pediatric substance use and presents an algorithm-based approach to augment the pediatrician's confidence and abilities related to substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in the primary care setting.
Chart of Evidence-Based Screening Tools for Adults and Adolescents
National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2015
This table includes examples of trusted screening tools that are easy to use for adolescents and adults at risk for alcohol and drug abuse.
Screening for Unhealthy Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs in Primary Care
Up To Date, 2015
This guide reviews screening tests for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use in primary care. The guide also covers treatment of patients who screen positive with a brief intervention and the efficacy of screening combined with a brief intervention.
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015
SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. Screening with SBIRT quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.

The goal of the AHRQ-funded project, Youth Providers 2.0 (YP2.0), is to improve the use of evidence-based practices among health care providers caring for adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this goal, SAHM will engage in a number of activities using new media to improve the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) to health professionals.

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