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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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TORO-PALACIO, Luis Fernando  and  OCHOA-JARAMILLO, Francisco Luis. Health: an adaptive complex system. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.31, n.2, pp. 161-165. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892012000200011.

This article points out the enormous gap that exists between complex thinking of an intellectual nature currently present in our environment, and complex experimental thinking that has facilitated the scientific and technological advances that have radically changed the world. The article suggests that life, human beings, global society, and all that constitutes health be considered as adaptive complex systems. This idea, in turn, prioritizes the adoption of a different approach that seeks to expand understanding. When this rationale is recognized, the principal characteristics and emerging properties of health as an adaptive complex system are sustained, following a care and services delivery model. Finally, some pertinent questions from this perspective are put forward in terms of research, and a series of appraisals are expressed that will hopefully serve to help us understand all that we have become as individuals and as a species. The article proposes that the delivery of health care services be regarded as an adaptive complex system.

Keywords : health; health services; systems theory.

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