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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Julianne Ossege

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Kristin Pickerell

Committee Member

Dr. Lynne A. Jensen


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of alcohol screening in the primary care setting to detect alcohol abuse or misuse using the AUDIT-C standardized screening tool and SBIRT.

METHODS: This study design was a Quasi-Experimental intervention, one group post-test. Data was collected via retrospective chart review from the electronic medical records by the type of office visit; either new patient initial visit or annual well visit. The patient sample consisted of 25 participants for the study period of September 19th through October 10th, 2017.

RESULTS: There were 37 patients eligible to participate in the study; annual visits or new patients. Two APRN providers tested the feasibility of using the tool. Of the 37 patients, 25 (n=25) received the AUDIT-C tool, and 23 scores were documented by the provider. Provider compliance in documenting was 92%. The sample was 80% female the mean age was 42.6. Almost nine percent scored high enough for a Brief Intervention.

CONCLUSION: Feasibility of the AUDIT-C use in the primary care setting was shown. Providers were satisfied and felt they took away essential information they would not have otherwise had. More studies need to be done on a larger scale, incorporating more providers and more locations.