Kognito At-Risk in Primary Care

Date: 2013
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program, Program with Evidence of Effectiveness
Organization:  Kognito Interactive

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Ron Goldman, CEO
135 West 26th Street, 12 FL
New York, NY 10001
Voice: 212-675-9234
Fax: 646-217-3677
Email: ron@kognito.com
Website: https://kognito.com/

Kognito At-Risk in Primary Care is a one-hour, online training simulation that teaches primary care providers to: 1) Screen patients using evidence-based tools to assess substance use and mental health (including suicidal ideation, depression, post-traumatic stress, and generalized anxiety disorder); 2) Engage in collaborative treatment planning with patients and build treatment plans that integrate mental health services; 3) apply motivational interviewing techniques to build trust and increase patient adherence to treatment plans; and 4) apply best practices in follow-up care. Training includes interactive role-plays with animated virtual patient avatars that act and respond like real patients in distress. The program is divided into 5 modules of 6-18 minutes. Successful completion of the training results in 1.50 nationally recognized CME /CNE credits.

Designation as a "Program with Evidence of Effectiveness"

SPRC designated this intervention as a “program with evidence of effectiveness” based on its inclusion in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

Outcome(s) Reviewed (Evidence Rating)*

  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs About Mental Health (Effective)

A posttest immediately following the training found a statistically significant improvement in primary care clinician’s knowledge and skills about how to screen and address mental health issues among patient populations, compared with control group participants. Longer-term changes (e.g., changes in practice, improved patient outcomes) were not assessed.

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Implementation Essentials

  • Primary care settings that use Kognito At-Risk in Primary Care should have established protocols for managing patients who may be at risk for suicide.

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.2: Provide training to mental health and substance abuse providers on the recognition, assessment, and management of at-risk behavior, and the delivery of effective clinical care for people with suicide risk.
Objective 9.3: Promote the safe disclosure of suicidal thoughts and behaviors by all patients.
Settings:  Health Care, Primary Care
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Effective Care/Treatment