Complexity and Healthcare Organization: A View from the Street

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David Kernick
Radcliffe Publishing, 2004 - Medical - 370 pages
Statistics and evidence-based medicine are assessed in most postgraduate and undergraduate medical examinations and degrees in health sciences. All clinicians have to acquire skills in this area. This book aims to provide a brief overview of basic medical statistics and the numerical aspects of evidence-based medicine to give realistic worked examples to illustrate the interpretation of studies relevant to clinical practice and to allow examination practice. It aims to cover all major topics covered in the undergraduate and postgraduate examinations. Each chapter begins with an overview and summary of the main points followed by worked examples and exercises with full answers. It will be ideal for all postgraduate medical examination candidates. Other clincians and undergraduate students in medicine and health sciences will also find it useful.

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Contents

Chaos theory and its relationship to complexity
13
An introduction to complexity theory
23
The spectrum of how we think about
39
Organizations as learning systems
59
Complexity perspectives on healthcare
81
The search for the correct organizational solution for the NHS
93
Organizational culture and complexity
105
Leadership and change
117
adaptability or efficiency?
205
the NHS Modernisation Agencys Critical
217
Educating the healthcare professional for capability
227
Going on together in organizations
241
Organization and communities of practice
255
Imagining complex partnerships
265
From theory to action personal perspectives
275
Community regeneration and complexity
279

Facilitating emergence in healthcare
129
a complex
143
a device for systemic dialogue 1 59
159
Using the visual arts to facilitate emergence in organizations
171
Using the performing arts to facilitate emergence in
181
Marian Naidoo and Shaun Naidoo
189
this house is for real
299
Sarah Fraser
311
Applying complexity theory to primary healthcare organizations
323
being vaguely right rather than precisely wrong
347
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