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Table 4 Components of LINC baseline assessment

From: Linking Infectious and Narcology Care (LINC) in Russia: design, intervention and implementation protocol

Baseline assessment components Description
Demographics [31] Participant demographics and socio-economic status
HIV Testing and HCV Diagnosis [32] Dates and locations of HIV/HCV testing and HIV/HCV treatment
Health Care Utilization How often participants see a physician and if they receive treatment for HIV and addiction
Access to Care Scale [33, 34] Participant perceptions of access to medical care
Barriers to Medical Care [35] Reasons why participants may not have received medical care in the past month
Health Literacy [36] Participant understanding of medical information and forms
HIV Symptom Index [37] A 20-item HIV symptom index of patient-reported symptoms
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Assesses if participants have ever been treated for sexually transmitted diseases
HIV Sex Risk Behaviors [38] Questions about vaginal, oral, and/or anal sexual practices with any sexual partners and use of substances before or during sex
Sexual Partnersa Questions about number and gender of recent sexual partners
HIV Disclosurea [39, 40] Discussion of HIV status with others, including sexual partners
HIV Stigmaa [41] Experiences and feelings participants may have because of HIV
Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D)a [42, 43] A measure of depressive symptomatology
State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI)– Short Forma [44, 45] A measure of current feelings of anxiety
Partner Violence and Sexual Assaulta Experiences of having been hurt physically or sexually
The Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence [46, 47] A measure of nicotine dependence
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) [48] Identifies persons with hazardous alcohol use
Texas Christian University (TCU): Drug Screen [49, 50] Assesses drug use in the past year
Drug Use [51, 52] Assesses frequency and type of drugs used and drug risk behaviors
Overdose and Suicide [53] Questions regarding overdose and suicide attempts
Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) [54] Assesses access to food in the past 4 weeks
Barratt Impulsiveness Scale [55] Assesses participant impulsivity
Social Support Scale [56] Measures access to companionship, assistance, or other types of support
Involvement with Police [57] Assesses experiences with police officers
RAND36 Health Survey [58] General assessment of overall health
  1. A number of measures used were modified from validated instruments
  2. aSelf-administered sections