Using a logic model to focus health services on population health goals

This article describes an application of program logic models to help regional health authorities focus attention and efforts on health outcome goals in British Columbia. The article emphasizes the value of graphic modeling techniques such as logic models in identifying the presumed contribution to regional health status of health services and other health determinants. It argues that logic models facilitate overall governance of health care services by creating performance-monitoring frameworks for both short-term and long-term outcome objectives.