Dai and Sid and the Compassionistas…

Right! Normal service is resumed as I charge out of my curmudgeonly corner wielding my philosophical axe. What's for the chop this time: all the soft-arsed fluffy misappropriation of that bloody word Compassion. It's all over the place, used as the apologists suffix of choice tagged onto 'organisational compassion' or 'ecological compassion'. It's used as... Continue Reading →

10 Great Resources for Systems Thinking and Complexity in Health

An absolutely excellent resource for anyone with a penchant for mashing up some systems theory, healthcare and “how to work in a way that is more congruent with the people and communities you are actually a small part of”. That last bit is mine.

I certainly wouldn’t put my own contributions in the same category as those giant shoulders listed in the blog, however, if you’d like to see what some of the ideas look like, when you sneak them into practice in one small corner of the world, take a look here:

http://www.complexcarewales.org

Systems Thinking for Capacity in Health

Fred Nelson

We believe the following ten resources to be great systems thinking and complexity in health resources for health professionals in all fields seeking to apply these ideas to their work.

1. No list of systems thinking resources would be complete without includingSystems thinking for Health Systems Strengthening by the Alliance for Health Systems Research and WHO Geneva. This is the third in a series of flagship reports by the Alliance for Health Systems Research and has had a widespread, and increasing influence. This Report provides a realistic understanding of effective approaches to strengthening systems, especially in low-income countries and global health initiatives. The report also outlines simple steps to take when seeking to apply the often-elusive systems thinking. The ten steps it gives to applying systems thinking to a health system are (1) convene stakeholders, (2) collectively brainstorm, (3) conceptualize effects (4) adapt and redesign, (5) determineā€¦

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Complexity and Public Health

You'll have to excuse me, I'm just stretching the WordPress muscles for the first time, so I thought that it would be best to set the tone ... Philosophically Speaking! We are taught that to make a decision we must gather all of the available evidence and then rationally and objectively calculate the correct answer.... Continue Reading →

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