Chaos and Complexity Theory


The theories have their place in health care structures. Becomingaware of complexity theory principles and their use in primary care,specifically in outsized health care structures like VHA, provides anapproach of making sense of the daily happenings within the practice,which might otherwise appear paradoxical (Litaker et al, 2006). Thetheory concentrates on numerous interactions as well as situationsinstead of a sole cause-effect approach. As a result, the theorysupports advancement of customized interventions towards enhancingnonlinear health care procedures (Stacey, 1996). By determiningimportant functional roles or processes and assessing theirperformance, complexity theory provides a method of evaluatingintervention reliability, reforming programs triumphantly indifferent frameworks, and in comprehending situations via whichdesired variation happens (Rickles, Hawe &amp Shiell, 2007). Forinstance, in nursing, complexity theory offers back up for numerousnursing interventions involving education (Litaker et al, 2006).Prevention is a crucial aspect of health care though impacts aredifficult to quantify. Assessing the world via complexity theorymotivates practitioners to view the probability of major impacts withminor alterations. As an educational nursing action might lacknotable impacts instantly, yet it has the capability of reflectiveresults later.

Currently, health care is becoming unpredictable because ofevolution (Plsek &amp Greenhalgh,2001). The systems are evolving fast depicting the need forapproaches to handle patient needs. Health care structures arebecoming intricate. Previous, research related to health care hasoffered a linear health care approach, which is proving to beineffective with changes in the sector (Kiel&amp Elliot, 1996). Linear structures might becomeineffective at handling the changing health care needs, which makesnon-linear structures better. Chaos theory applies because itadvocates for non-linear approaches in health care. It refers towhere inputs have no direct proportion to outputs (Rickles, Hawe &ampShiell, 2007). Non-linear approaches improve health care because oftheir effectiveness in revealing the conduct of variables, as well asthe unstable.


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