As 3 in every 10 adults in the United States drink at levels that elevate their risk for physical, mental, and social problems, it is important for health practitioners to assess at-risk behaviors that can often go undetected. Asking a patient about her alcohol use and potentially staging an intervention can be tough topics to discuss during an examination; however, as Christy's doctor, it is important to assess her risk level for abusing alcohol and promote healthy lifestyle choices.
Users of the Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention training system are health practitioners or students who will likely encounter a similar scenario in the course of their careers.
Through a simulated conversation with Christy, users can ask questions about her quantity and frequency of drinking, any consequences she has faced due to her use, family history of alcohol use, and other topics. Users can also offer recommendations appropriate to Christy's risk level, and discuss various resources available to Christy given her readiness to change. While discussing alcohol use, the users practice conversational strategies to become comfortable utilizing various methods to determine whether or not Christy abuses alcohol. Christy is different in every conversation, varying in mood, risk level, family history, consequences of her drinking, and readiness to change, keeping the interaction interesting after numerous plays.
It is the user’s job to determine Christy’s risk level for alcohol abuse and, if she is at-risk, has an alcohol problem, or is dependent, perform a brief intervention and create a patient plan. This training system aids in increasing comfort levels with tough conversation topics, especially the health matters affected by alcohol abuse. Users receive real-time support and feedback from an on-screen coach and post-conversation assessment based on accuracy of diagnosis, use of patient-centered communication, screening topics, and brief intervention topics. After playing this training system, users will be better able to approach these difficult topics with their patients.