Theoretical issues in the synthesis of HIV prevention research

J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2002 Jul 1:30 Suppl 1:S8-S14.


The evidence base for science and health policy consists of many independent research studies. Combining evidence from multiple studies that differ in important ways presents challenges that have been addressed in other areas of scientific research and are now beginning to be addressed in HIV prevention research. Syntheses can enhance statistical power and produce summary evidence that is more generalizable than individual primary research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Data Collection
  • Epidemiologic Research Design*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Public Health / methods