Lightning Talk

Addiction Treatment Counts Interprofessional Training (ACE-IT): Examining Program Outcomes

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
substance use disorder

The Addiction treatment Counts Interprofessional Training (ACE-IT) program was designed to address the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment gap by expanding Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) approach integration into the curriculum of four health professions’ programs. A goal is to increase the number of interprofessionally-trained collaborative clinicians prepared to deliver high quality SUD treatment within practice and community settings. Our lightning talk will describe this virtual interprofessional education consisting of 13 educational modules and culminating in two virtual simulations. Program outcomes including the impact on drug use perceptions, interprofessional readiness, and SBIRT utilization will be discussed.
Graduate-level students (N&#3f69) from counseling, marriage/family counseling, nursing, and social work completed ACE-IT. Participants completed a baseline and post-training survey that assessed their drug use perceptions, and interprofessional collaboration readiness and competencies. Additionally, participants rated their readiness and confidence for utilizing SBIRT before and after each of two virtual simulations.
A series of pre-post analyses were conducted to determine education impact. There was a statistically significant difference for drug perceptions scores (p <.0001), interprofessional values (p =.007), and interprofessional interaction (p <.0001) between baseline and post-training. There was also a significant change between SBIRT readiness and confidence variables from baseline to post-training (p-values ranging between .001 and .037). Present findings indicate program completion may help improve health professions students’ perception of drug use, interprofessional collaboration, and their ability to utilize SBIRT in interprofessional approach to practice. These changes may have the potential to improve client outcomes who benefit from an interprofessional team approach, reduce costs by decreasing service duplication and improve referral efficiency, and promote provider collaboration and satisfaction that is associated with interprofessional team-approach to SUD treatment. Finally, these findings may be used to help inform educators across disciplines with potential curricular advancements in health professions training relevant to SUD.