Critiquing the concept of health systems resilience

Topp, Stephanie (2024) Critiquing the concept of health systems resilience. In: Thomas, Steve, and Fleming, Padraic, (eds.) Elgar Handbook of Health Systems Resilience. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. (In Press)

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Concepts are abstract ideas used in everyday conversation and academic writing to help us make sense of the world by explaining and analysing problems, exploring contexts and issues, or helping to generate solutions or responses. Yet a foundational requirement for any concept to serve these ends is that it be adequately defined. Despite a rapidly expanding body of theoretical, summative and empirical literature focused on health systems resilience, the concept remains a slippery one, defined, theorized and ultimately operationalized in different ways. The following chapter revisits some of the key criticisms of the concept, highlighting their ongoing relevance, and providing suggestions for how both the framing and operationalization of health system resilience may better serve the project of strengthening the performance of health systems in the face of multiple and overlapping shocks.

Item ID: 80804
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9781803925929
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Projects and Grants: NHMRC Investigator Award GNT1173004
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 23:28
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420311 Health systems @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440709 Public policy @ 10%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200205 Health policy evaluation @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences @ 25%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230299 Government and politics not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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