LRC Best Practices Criteria

The LRC Best Practices criteria are used to determine if an intervention demonstrates sufficient evidence for improving linkage to, retention in, or re-engagement in HIV care among people living with HIV. Because the LRC research intervention literature is relatively young and efficacy trials are limited in number, in 2013, after multiple consultations with HIV researchers and a key federal partner – the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) Project developed two sets of criteria to evaluate LRC interventions (i.e., Evidence-based and Evidence-informed). These criteria focus on quality of study design, quality of study implementation and analysis, and strength of evidence of findings.

LRC Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs)

LRC Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs) are interventions that have been tested with a comparison group, have been rigorously evaluated, and have shown significant effects in improving linkage to, retention in, or re-engagement in HIV medical care among persons living with HIV.  These interventions are considered to be scientifically rigorous and provide the strongest evidence of efficacy.  These interventions meet PRS LRC Evidence-Based criteria pdf icon[PDF – 508 KB].

LRC Evidence-Informed interventions (EIs)

LRC Evidence-Informed Interventions (EIs) are interventions that do not have a comparison group, but have shown significant positive effects and no significant negative effects from pre to post intervention in linkage to, retention in, or re-engagement in HIV medical care among persons living with HIV.  These interventions are considered promising strategies and, ideally, need to be tested with a comparison group. These interventions meet PRS LRC Evidence-Informed criteria pdf icon[PDF – 753 KB].

Additional details about the LRC Chapter or the Prevention Research Synthesis (PRS) Project can be obtained by contacting PRS.