Faculty Advisor

Rulfs, Jill


Alcohol use and abuse is a national issue that has been leading to a steady increase in Emergency Department (ED) visits. Brief intervention with patients that have been seen in the ED has been shown to decrease the number of drinks/week that a patient drinks. In-person intervention, known as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), is the current standard at UMass Memorial Hospital. To increase patients seen, decrease costs and maintain the efficacy of the intervention, Remote Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (R-BIRT) is being piloted in a non-inferiority study designed to see if R-BIRT is just as successful at lowering drinking as SBIRT. While still ongoing, current data suggest that R-BIRT is not worse than SBIRT at lowering alcohol consumption.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019


Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology