What Is a Change Package?
Improving Adolescent Health: Facilitating Change for Excellence in SBIRT is a change package, or a practical guide that is specific enough for clinicians and practices to implement, test, and measure progress on an evidence-based set of changes while being generalizable enough to be scaled in multiple settings. Change packages are proven effectual tools to actuate practice transformation in primary care.
How to Use the Change Package
This change package outlines a framework for implementing adolescent SBIRT within primary care. The framework includes operational guidance for adopting foundational change management strategies to create optimal conditions for change, as well as clinical areas for action for SBIRT implementation. The change package comprises 11 specific recommendations – or change concepts – that marry high-level implementation guidance with the actual operational changes required for effective practice transformation. It also includes benchmarks as a way to measure implementation progress.
How Was This Change Package Tested?
To test the efficacy of the change package, the National Council, in partnership with Friends Research Institute and Aurora Research Institute, conducted an 18-month pilot program with 12 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) from across the country. Sites received targeted, multi-modal and responsive training to implement SBIRT using the change package. Lessons from these sites are shared throughout the document as success stories and tips from pilot participants.
Change Package Companion Guides
In response to feedback from participants during the change package pilot phase, the National Council developed two companion guides: one guide tailored to providers seeking clinical guidance, and one to expand on the nuances of communicating for adolescent SBIRT engagement.
The Provider Guide is an abbreviated version of the full change package, Improving Adolescent Health: Facilitating Change for Excellence in SBIRT. It serves as a quick reference for providers who work directly with adolescents to deliver SBIRT in a primary care setting and are seeking clinical guidance and easy access to provider tools. Thus, it presents a condensed version of the clinical areas of action for SBIRT implementation, and omits operational considerations such as policies, procedures, and change management strategies. For comprehensive clinical guidance and resources, please refer to the full change package.
Communicating for Adolescent SBIRT Implementation Engagement Guide
Health care service settings are often hesitant or have concerns about change when implementing a new practice or protocol. Having the right tools to effectively communicate in these situations is critical to practice transformation success. The Communicating for Adolescent SBIRT Implementation Engagement Guide offers primary care agencies resources and tools for communicating the importance and impact of implementing SBIRT for adolescents. The guide includes answers to basic SBIRT questions and recommendations for how to communicate with a range of stakeholders for engagement.