Enhancing delivery of health behaviour change interventions in primary care: A meta-synthesis of views and experiences of primary care nurses

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  • CA Taylor
  • RL Shaw
  • J Dale
  • David French

Colleges, School and Institutes


Objective: To systematically find and synthesise qualitative studies that elicited views and experiences of nurses involved in the delivery of health behaviour change (HBC) interventions in primary care, with a focus on how this can inform enhanced delivery and adherence to a structured approach for HBC interventions. Methods: Systematic search of five electronic databases and additional strategies to maximise identification of studies, appraisal of studies and use of meta-synthesis to develop an inductive and interpretative form of knowledge synthesis. Results: Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. Synthesis resulted in the development of four inter-linking themes; (a) actively engaging nurses in the process of delivering HBC interventions, (b) clarifying roles and responsibilities of those involved, (c) engaging practice colleagues, (d) communication of aims and potential outcomes of the intervention. Conclusion: The synthesis of qualitative evidence resulted in the development of a conceptual framework that remained true to the findings of primary studies. This framework describes factors that should be actively promoted to enhance delivery of and adherence to HBC interventions by nurses working in primary care. Practice implications: The findings can be used to inform strategies for researchers, policymakers and healthcare providers to enhance fidelity and support delivery of HBC interventions. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011


  • Fidelity, Nurses, Primary health care, Intervention, Meta-synthesis, Qualitative research, Health behaviour