An urgent need to teach complexity science to health science students

Bhuvan, K.C., and Ravi Shankar, P. (2022) An urgent need to teach complexity science to health science students. Asia Pacific Scholar, 7 (4). pp. 71-72.

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[Extract] Healthcare systems and medicines operate in a complex landscape and constantly interact with individuals, the environment, and society. In such a complex healthcare delivery system, nonlinearity always exists, and treatments, different healthcare services, and medicines cannot be delivered without factoring in the uncertainty brought about by human, behavioural, system, and societal factors.

A medical doctor prescribes medication/s to treat diseases or healthcare problems following certain treatment protocols and guidelines. However, in the community, several factors affect the adherence and outcomes, such as adverse effects, lifestyle factors, socioeconomic aspects, attitudes, and belief systems, so it is difficult to entirely predict the success of a regimen. These factors that can influence the outcomes of therapy have not received adequate attention. Furthermore, the complexity of healthcare delivery is starker in the treatment of ageing populations or those with chronic diseases.

Item ID: 76554
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 2424-9270
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Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2023 07:10
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420311 Health systems @ 100%
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