Systems thinking, complex adaptive systems and health: an overview on new perspectives for nursing education
2.18.12 - Evaluation of the perception of nursing clinical competencies in different care settings: Mixed method research
This article describes a new concept of health, originally developed and published in 2014. This model offers a new understanding of health, disease and healing that may be very useful for patient care. In fact, the Meikirch model leads to a new comprehension of health as a complex adaptive system. Systems thinking and complex adaptive systems share a number of components, namely: emergence, self-organization, and hierarchies of interacting systems. Systems thinking, especially with simulation models, facilitates understanding of health as a complex phenomenon. Therefore, the simulation model is becoming an excellent translator of complex problems in easily understandable results. Systemic thinking is a process that can influence cause and effect and prompts solutions to multifaceted tribulations. In conclusion, this paper describes the principles of complementarity and of differences between scientific approaches for systemic thinking and traditional thinking and suggests that it is time for research approaches that fosters a non-mechanistic thinking.
chapter in book: Methodologies and Intelligent Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning, 8th International Conference