Complexity science: The challenge of complexity in health care

  • Plsek P
  • Greenhalgh T
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The science of complex adaptive systems provides important concepts and tools for responding to the challenges of health care in the 21st century. Clinical practice, organisation, information management, research, education, and professional development are interdependent and built around multiple self adjusting and interacting systems. In complex systems, unpredictability and paradox are ever present, and some things will remain unknowable. New conceptual frameworks that incorporate a dynamic, emergent, creative, and intuitive view of the world must replace traditional `reduce and resolve' approaches to clinical care and service organisation. Cites 27 references. Journal abstract

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  • P. E Plsek

  • T. Greenhalgh

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