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Studying complexity in health services research: desperately seeking an overdue paradigm shift

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Editorial
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Complexity is much talked about but sub-optimally studied in health services research. Although the significance of the complex system as an analytic lens is increasingly recognised, many researchers are still using methods that assume a closed system in which predictive studies in general, and controlled experiments in particular, are possible and preferred. We argue that in open systems characterised by dynamically changing inter-relationships and tensions, conventional research designs pre...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1186/s12916-018-1089-4

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
ORCID:
0000-0003-2369-8088
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Primary Care Health Sciences
ORCID:
0000-0003-1189-7100
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Funding agency for:
Papoutsi, C
Publisher:
BioMed Central Publisher's website
Journal:
BMC Medicine Journal website
Volume:
16
Issue:
1
Pages:
Article: 95
Publication date:
2018-06-20
Acceptance date:
2018-06-01
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ISSN:
1741-7015
Pubs id:
pubs:859741
URN:
uri:6c6775f4-afed-4b40-9c89-e33fef3fc8be
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uuid:6c6775f4-afed-4b40-9c89-e33fef3fc8be
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pubs:859741
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English
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