Complexity and Healthcare: An Introduction

Complexity science and allied subjects (e.g. complex adaptive systems and complex causality) is of great relevance to mental healthcare, not least because the human mind/brain is perhaps the most complex known phenomenon.

Hence the reference to this book, edited by Kieran Sweeney and Frances Griffiths. The publishers say:

“This book illustrates the relevance of chaos and complexity theory to healthcare organisations, public health clinical governance and the consultation. It explains the terms and ideas at the heart of complexity, the unfamiliar science behind it and how it applies to the real world.

In healthcare the NHS is a complex adaptive system. So are hospitals, general practices diseases and patients. The book describes how insights from complexity can help us better understand how organisations patients or disease develop over time in an often unpredictable manner.

Contributors set out the benefits of applying complexity to their own particular areas of healthcare. Complexity and Healthcare will be of special interest to clinicians and managers in primary and secondary care researchers and academics and in particular general practitioners and public health professionals …”

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