Commentary on "Health care organizations as complex systems: new perspectives on design and management" by Reuben R. McDaniel, Dean J. Driebe, and Holly Jordan Lanham.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this commentary, I highlight a few of the assertions made by McDaniel et al. (2013) about the importance of complexity science guided management practices, and extend these ideas specifically to how we might think about reducing seemingly intractable problems in health care such as patient safety, patient falls, hospital acquired infection, and the rise of chronic illness and obesity. I suggest that such changes will require managers and providers to view health care organizations and patients as complex adaptive systems and include patients as full participants in co-producing their health care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anderson, RA

Published Date

  • January 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 /

Start / End Page

  • 27 - 36

PubMed ID

  • 24749212

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1474-8231

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1108/s1474-8231(2013)0000015008


  • eng