Using logic models to enhance the methodological quality of primary health-care interventions: guidance from an intervention to promote nutrition care by general practitioners and practice nurses

Ball, Lauren, Ball, Dianne, Leveritt, Michael, Ray, Sumantra, Collins, Clare, Patterson, Elizabeth , Ambrosini, Gina, Lee, Patricia and Chaboyer, Wendy (2017) Using logic models to enhance the methodological quality of primary health-care interventions: guidance from an intervention to promote nutrition care by general practitioners and practice nurses. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23 1: 53-60. doi:10.1071/PY16038


Author Ball, Lauren
Ball, Dianne
Leveritt, Michael
Ray, Sumantra
Collins, Clare
Patterson, Elizabeth
Ambrosini, Gina
Lee, Patricia
Chaboyer, Wendy
Title Using logic models to enhance the methodological quality of primary health-care interventions: guidance from an intervention to promote nutrition care by general practitioners and practice nurses
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-7399
1448-7527
Publication date 2017-03-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY16038
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 60
Total pages 8
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract The methodological designs underpinning many primary health-care interventions are not rigorous. Logic models can be used to support intervention planning, implementation and evaluation in the primary health-care setting. Logic models provide a systematic and visual way of facilitating shared understanding of the rationale for the intervention, the planned activities, expected outcomes, evaluation strategy and required resources. This article provides guidance for primary health-care practitioners and researchers on the use of logic models for enhancing methodological rigour of interventions. The article outlines the recommended steps in developing a logic model using the 'NutriCare' intervention as an example. The 'NutriCare' intervention is based in the Australian primary health-care setting and promotes nutrition care by general practitioners and practice nurses. The recommended approach involves canvassing the views of all stakeholders who have valuable and informed opinions about the planned project. The following four targeted, iterative steps are recommended: (1) confirm situation, intervention aim and target population; (2) document expected outcomes and outputs of the intervention; (3) identify and describe assumptions, external factors and inputs; and (4) confirm intervention components. Over a period of 2 months, three primary health-care researchers and one health-services consultant led the collaborative development of the 'NutriCare' logic model. Primary health-care practitioners and researchers are encouraged to develop a logic model when planning interventions to maximise the methodological rigour of studies, confirm that data required to answer the question are captured and ensure that the intervention meets the project goals.
Keyword Chronic disease
General practice
Intervention studies
Logic model
Nutrition therapy
Nutritional management
Primary care
Research methods.
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