LRC Best Practices Criteria

Linkage to, Retention in, and Re-engagement in HIV Care

The LRC Best Practices criteria are used to determine if an intervention demonstrates sufficient evidence for improving the following outcomes:

  • Linkage to
  • Retention in
  • Engagement in HIV care
  • Re-engagement in HIV care
  • Viral Suppression

The LRC Best Practices contains two sets of criteria to evaluate interventions: Evidence-based and Evidence-informed.

These criteria focus on:

  • Quality of study design
  • Quality of study implementation and analysis
  • strength of evidence of findings
Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs)
  • Evaluate interventions with a comparison arm
  • Sample size is ≥ 40 per arm
  • Demonstrate significant positive effects for improving LRC outcomes

LRC EBIs provide the strongest evidence of efficacy.

PRS LRC EBI Criteria pdf icon[PDF – 211 KB]

Evidence-Informed Interventions (EIs)
  • Evaluate interventions that have one-group designs and pre-post data
  • Evaluate interventions with a comparison arm (sample <40 but ≥ 25 per arm)
  • Demonstrate significant positive effects for improving LRC outcomes

Interventions have some evidence of working and ideally, need further testing with a comparison group or with larger samples

PRS LRC EBI Criteria pdf icon[PDF – 238 KB]

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