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R Tuffin, BSc (Hons) MRCP FRCA EDIC FFICM PGCCE, Implications of complexity theory for clinical practice and healthcare organization, BJA Education, Volume 16, Issue 10, October 2016, Pages 349–352, All rights reserved. Thus, rather than rejecting the reductionist approach of classic complexity theory [20], pragmatism allows for the contribution of both quantitative and qualitative methods in addressing the research question. We present this article in that spirit and hope that our contribution sparks further discussion about the potential collaboration of pragmatism and complexity theory in informing implementation science and health services research. We explore the strengths and limitations of complexity theory in evaluating health service interventions, using our experiences as examples. The challenge exists therefore to identify decomplexification before it becomes irreversible. Atlanta, GA: IEEE Computer Society; 1997. p. 1280–1285. Below, we outline the key tensions in this emerging field. Fam Pract. Alternatively, complexity theorists may entirely reject our suggestion of the need for an epistemology. A classical approach to complexity theory directs researchers to identify rules that govern these behaviors, attributing them to the agent (local rules) or an environmental pattern (attractors). Complexity theory as an approach to explanation in healthcare: a critical discussion. Large, multi-faceted organizations such as the NHS frequently behave as complex systems and as such may benefit from alternative management strategies, informed by complexity theory. When coming into a new organization, one should not presume that anything is so just because “that’s the way it was done at my other institution.” Different organizations … Holland JH. The boundaries of social systems are also harder to define and control than in a classic CAS [21, 34]. One of the more promising alternatives comes from Byrne et al.’s [20] application of complex realism to complexity theory. Another key pillar of pragmatism is the active and social nature of inquiry. In these situations, effective leadership would involve placing a greater emphasis upon finding out how different services interact and influence each other and engaging with staff to introduce new ‘attractors’ to influence behaviour and attitudes. Complexity science has been introduced in healthcare as a theoretical framework to better understand complex situations. However, it represents an exciting avenue for future research in the hope of yielding novel solutions to age old problems. J Mixed Methods Res. Manson SM. The simulation modeling component of the project received reciprocal approval by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Monash University (CF14/1072–2,014,000,460). Dialetics and pragmatism: being of consequence. State budget submission 2015–16. Edward Lorenz was a meteorologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who in 1961 was trying to develop a computer model to allow accurate long-range weather forecasting. Emergence. Emergence as a construct: history and issues. Embeddedness/nested systems: CASs are embedded within a wider context and other CASs. So too is the formalization of pragmatism as a school of philosophy [43]. Sensitivity to initial conditions and historicism: Future agent actions are affected by past changes in the system, leading initial conditions to exert a strong influence on system behaviors. In a healthy individual, the inter-beat variation, as measured by the R–R interval, fluctuates in a stable manner that is hypothesized to be due to the influence of biological ‘strange attractors’ (Table 2).4 In plain English, this means that the heart receives information from other organs, including the sympathetic nervous system and various endocrine glands while also being affected by changes in breathing and posture; an ability to respond to these (and therefore show variability) is clearly a requirement for normal homeostasis. However, he also argues for flexibility in application, proposing “that policies and proposals for social action be treated as working hypotheses, not as programs to be rigidly adhered to and executed” ([47], pp. Data already collected will still be used in the analysis unless the discontinuing participant specifically requests that it be removed. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. The MHS was responsible for government-funded inpatient and community mental health services across the age spectrum, with different but overlapping catchment areas for early in life (under 25 years), adult, and aged (over 65 years) services. However, it would be a mistake to view disease as a complex state while viewing normal homeostasis as an ordered linear state. At the center of pragmatism is a rejection of the ‘impossible question’ of philosophy, that of the nature of the mind’s relationship to reality [42]. Paley J. PubMed  In our evaluation, we pragmatically allowed implementation success to be defined by the collection of stakeholders, honoring the multitude of different expectations held by the research funding body, the academic community, and individual members of the SLG and research team. Two of these researchers were existing members of the SLG, and brokered research access with the MHS. All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Accessed 23 May 2018. While pragmatism does hold that knowledge is not completely generalizable, it also argues that imported knowledge can play a role in shaping observation and perception and in suggesting possible solutions to the current problem [42]. Rather than ignore it, he had the presence of mind to publish his findings that non-linear systems appeared to display what he later coined ‘sensitive dependence on initial conditions’.1 This has since been more poetically paraphrased by the expression that if ‘butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil will it set off a tornado in Texas?’ This was the first step towards identifying the characteristics that all complex systems share (Table 2) regardless of whether the system in question is biological, meteorological, or social. Complexity theory as an approach to explanation in healthcare: A critical discussion. Proceedings of the 29th Conference on Winter Simulation 1997. The application of complexity theory to social science, including healthcare, is still in its infancy. PubMed Google Scholar. Yet the impact in hard dollars on payers is news. 2001;323:625–8. However, there is a risk of method choice being driven by the ‘what works’ maxim [50]. When a true consensus exists as to what constitutes best practice (i.e. Complexity theory offers an alternative approach to quantifying the degree of physiological derangement in multi-system disorders such as sepsis. Springer Nature. To help make sense of this complexity, researchers are turning towards new methods and frameworks, including simulation modeling and complexity theory. As mentioned above, one way this manifested was as a change in engagement with members of the SLG. Google ScholarÂ. Indeed, the mismatch between this hypercomplexity [1] and the dominant mechanistic conception of healthcare [5, 6] has been used as a key explanation for the lack of implementation of evidence-based medicine [4, 7] and healthcare innovation [6, 8,9,10]. The healthcare system has proved a challenging environment for innovation, especially in the area of health services management and research. A low ApEn correlates to a high rate of variability (i.e. Complexity Theory is primarily made up of 4 different theories that are used for modeling and analyzing complex systems. A flexibility in implementation and evaluation methods, encouraging the reflexive use of mixed methods to capture and adapt to the changing research context. The associated MCQs (to support CME/CPD activity) can be accessed at by subscribers to BJA Education. Statistical techniques, such as approximate entropy, allow us to quantify the degree to which this variation is lost. We first explore some of the contributions of complexity theory to our understanding of the healthcare context, reviewing some of the key debates in this emerging field. 2008;10(3):401–19. In complexity theory, these contexts could include different nested systems, and different time points [44]. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. This is a clinical syndrome precipitated by any number of insults (i.e. Complexity theory can be both an ontology for quantitative approaches and a metaphor for qualitative approaches. The Sydney Morning Herald. The most innovative part of the framework is the assessment of the interactions within and between KPs.,,,,,,,, Understanding Complexity in Health Systems: International Perspectives. Greenhalgh T, Plsek P, Wilson T, Fraser S, Holt T. Response to ‘the appropriation of complexity theory in health care’. Emergence. In: SAGE handbook of mixed methods in social and behavioral research. The reception of complexity theory in health care is characterised by a tendency to reify the idea of a complex system, which is basically an abstraction. However, this approach requires a redefinition of implementation success, away from pre-determined outcomes and process fidelity, to one that embraces the continual learning, evolution, and emergence that characterized our project. It was only with the support of this individual that the change occurred, representing a phase change in the organizational context. Paley, J., & Gail, E. (2011). 2003; Anderson RA, Crabtree BF, Steele DJ, McDaniel RR. Eldabi T. Implementation issues of modeling healthcare problems: misconceptions and lessons. Health Care Manag Rev. Victorian Healthcare Association. There is no doubt that the context described above is complex, or in the language of complexity theory, a CAS [16]. 2009; Complexity theory has increasingly been incorporated within healthcare research , most commonly to conceptualise variables for data analysis or for interpreting findings. Reject reductionist science in favor of the study of whole systems, in context, Understand research as a continual learning process, Focus on the social consequences of research and intervention, Value the democratization of knowledge and research, valuing all stakeholders’ input, Prioritize understanding over theoretical or methodological purity, encouraging the use of multiple methods. HRV monitoring has already demonstrated its utility as a means of predicting patients at risk of developing postoperative cardiac failure or increased mortality post-myocardial infarction;3 however, the challenge now remains to refine the technique so as to be amenable to real-time bedside monitoring. Non-equilibrium: CASs are characterized by continual change and do not reach equilibrium. Adaptation and co-evolution: Agents and systems evolve together, reacting to changes in the context to ensure optimal functioning and survival. Long, K.M., McDermott, F. & Meadows, G.N. This idea of intuitive inquiry aligns with a theme, advanced by many scholars advocating for complexity theory in healthcare, that social actors already have an intuitive sense of complexity, which can be refined by the framework of complexity theory [4, 9]. Government of Victoria. Accessed 23 May 2018. Non-linear systems are not amenable to investigation by reductionist methods. We discuss the similarities between complexity theory and pragmatism, and close by revisiting our experiences putting pragmatic complexity theory into practice. 2011;60(1):3–19. (CAS) theory and how it works in healthcare organizations and nursing practice. The researchers adapted, changing both their methods and focus to align with the new strategic directions and concerns of the service. statement and In contrast, complexity thinking suggests that relationships between parts are more important than the parts themselves, that minimum specifications yield more creativity than detailed plans Treating organisations as complex adaptive systems allows a new and more productive management style to emerge in health care Complexity science belongs to newest systems thinking, which explore complex systems by focusing on the system components, relationships and interconnections rather than on the individual components themselves. We found the commonalities between pragmatism and complexity theory to be striking. If social complexity theory does represent a purely descriptive epistemology, which makes no claims to the translation of findings across contexts, then its ability to contribute to implementation science may be minimal., DOI: Phase changes: Where a small change in the system inputs results in a qualitative change in the system’s state. It is in these situations that adopting an alternative viewpoint, informed by complexity theory, may allow more productive solutions to emerge. Here, we can clearly see decomplexification in action; there is a marked reduction in the degree of fractal variation present which implies a loss of connectivity and an increase in the entropy of the system. sympathetic, parasympathetic and humoral)Â, Subject to the same limitations as time domain analysisÂ, Statistical technique whereby the degree of connectivity between data sets is quantifiedÂ, Principle advantage over other methods is its ability to be applied to shorter, ‘noisier’ data setsÂ, Copyright © 2020 The British Journal of Anaesthesia Ltd. Our inability to predict the outcome in these situations is all too painfully familiar, yet it was at this problematic interface, between reductionism and real life, that the science of complexity theory was born. This article considered the implications of utilizing complexity theory … heart rate variability)Â, Each component of a complex system responds to and influences each other. 2006;21(S2):S30–4. The public and its problems: an essay in political inquiry. *To whom correspondence should be addressed. The appropriation of complexity theory in health care. Extensive practical applications of the theoretical concepts outlined in these articles have been described and published, and support consideration of more widespread application (2-5). Social complexity theorists also argue for a natural fit between complexity approaches and participatory research, where participant and researcher frames of reference are treated as equally important to inquiry [20], failure is tolerated and expected [49], and innovation is allowed to emerge from any part of the system [9]. Given that Byrne et al. California Privacy Statement, J Health Serv Res Policy. We then began the data analysis with a critical incident approach to identify turning points in the system, which were investigated further with thematic analysis. Qual Health Res. 1981;32(9):825–32. 2015;4(2):104–10. Science therefore becomes a social pursuit, within anyone’s reach. As we discovered in our efforts to develop simulation models of mental health patients, a patient may pass through multiple different practices, hospitals, and even districts over an episode of care, interacting with scores of individual agents, each operating in a different context. Accessed 22 May 2018. For pragmatism, knowledge is only meaningful when coupled with action [38]. Complexity in medicine and healthcare: People and systems, theory and practice. Thus, a key question facing complexity researchers is which systems should form the core of the analyses, and how many levels of analysis are sufficient to provide a complete understanding of the system. J Gen Intern Med. Haynes P. Complexity theory and evaluation in public management. As the implementation progressed, we included new participants (i.e., researchers), and expanded our frame of data collection to include government policy and funding changes. In this model, effective leadership involves introducing best practice via a top-down approach and any resistance to change is frequently viewed as symptomatic of a poorly working machine. We then explore the possibilities of using pragmatism to provide the missing epistemological foundation required to structure the study of social complexity theory in healthcare. This review assesses whether it is possible to reliably capture evidence for efficacy in results or process within interventions that were informed by complexity science and closely related conceptual … Rylander A, Pragmatism and Design Research - An Overview. We found that, in practice, a pragmatic complexity theory approach provided more flexibility to respond to the rapidly changing context of health services implementation and evaluation. Therefore, the experiences and reflections of the researchers became pivotal in understanding the project’s implementation after the organizational restructure. This tool allows us to measure the degree of variability within a data set obtained over a given period of time. Therefore, our pluralism of evaluation methods (i.e., interviews, questionnaires, document analysis, observations) provides us with multiple perspectives to be explored and structured in different ways in order to ultimately build an understanding of the process of implementation. Article  Sanderson I. The complexity philosophy—a myriad of continuously interacting elements in an open system—allows an innovative methodological turn by blending diverse bodies of knowledge (Gear et al., 2017; McDaniel et al., 2009). We then argue for the potential of pragmatism as an epistemic foundation for the methodological pluralism currently found in complexity research. Fone D, Hollinghurst S, Temple M, Round A, Lester N, Weightman A, Roberts K, Coyle E, Bevan G, Palmer S. Systematic review of the use and value of computer simulation modelling in population health and health care delivery. Various methods exist to analyse HRV (Table 3), all of which at present are experimental8 but of particular interest is the statistical technique of approximate entropy (ApEn). Likewise, the boundaries of the implementation context proved hard to define. This started a period of 2 years of continual staff and role changes within the SLG, which could not have been foreseen by the individual whose support initiated the process. Eval Program Plann. Kirchhof P, Meseth N. A survey on the use of simulation in German healthcare. Is complexity theory the answer? It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide, This PDF is available to Subscribers Only. Key concepts in complex systems theory presented in pictures. Paradigms lost and pragmatism regained: methodological implications of combining qualitative and quantitative methods. Long KM, Meadows G. Simulation modelling in mental health: a systematic review. J Operat Res Soc. Any information gained in connection with this research project that can identify individuals will remain confidential. CAS  These issues lead us to a key consideration – in light of these debates in social complexity theory, how can complexity researchers make transparent and consistent decisions regarding research methodology. Manage cookies/Do not sell my data we use in the preference centre. The physiological parameter in question will then display variability which rather than being purely random will be seen to display self-similarity over time or in other words show temporal fractal variation. Proceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference. Greene JC, Hall JN. It explains the terms and ideas at the heart of complexity, the unfamiliar science behind it, and how it applies to the real world. R Tuffin, BSc (Hons) MRCP FRCA EDIC FFICM PGCCE, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate HG2 7SX, UK. Not only does pragmatism argue for a problem-solving approach to inquiry, but also to an action-based one. Robinson S. Is simulation in health different? In our project, the response to the challenge of working within this particular CAS manifested through the emergent formulation of two deeply pragmatic research questions: How can we (the researchers) help to improve strategic decision-making for mental health services? We suggest that many healthcare workers would identify as pragmatists. It has also been suggested that this may be an underlying reason why multiple trials of pharmacological agents targeting individual inflammatory mediators have failed to improve mortality3 as we are adopting a linear approach to solve a non-linear problem. Emergence: Interactions between agents create system outcomes that are not directly intended and are greater than the sum of the individual agent behaviors. [20] identified agency as a key defining feature of social complexity theory, and a key target for research, how are we to study it, considering these definitional issues? Complexity theory has been used to study different aspects of healthcare, including management , continuity of care , nursing , and decision-making . Whether we are experts on complexity theory or not (and most of us are not), we know in our bones that delivering high-quality services in such a complex environment will not be achieved merely by following a standard operating procedure, inserting the results of a randomised controlled trial or adopting the seven habits of highly successful people. Clin Investig Med. 2015; There are two pervasive issues with defining a social system, nesting and fuzzy boundaries, both of which are implicated in, and complicate, complexity research [19]. In this role, HRV analysis could potentially represent a highly individualized, patient-specific, technique to detect and monitor the progress of MODS, allowing clinicians to escalate and de-escalate treatment regimens with greater accuracy. J Operat Res Soc. By doing so, we overcame one of the key challenges in social complexity theory – defining the CAS of interest. Hathcoat JD, Meixner C. Pragmatism, factor analysis, and the conditional incompatibility thesis in mixed methods research. 1998;49(3):200–9. By using complexity theory as a lens for making sense of interactions, this study proposes a nine-step framework for assessing and influencing KPs planned, under way, and completed. PDF | On Oct 1, 2001, Paul E Plsek and others published The Challenge of Complexity in Health Care | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate the human vascular tree) or temporal (i.e. Consequently, some simulation models in development were no longer of immediate relevance to the participants, while other issues that came to the fore, such as the redrawing of clinical catchment areas, did so with time-decision horizons not compatible with the development time costs of discrete event simulation. BMC Med 16, 94 (2018). London: Continuum. Cite this article. All participants are advised at the beginning of participation in the study and in the consent form that they can discontinue participation at any time. This social healthcare context involves the interaction between professionals, patients and the organizational systems in care delivery. 2005;28(6):312–5. normal homeostasis) can also be thought of as a complex system characterized by a high degree of biological variability, negative entropy, and emergent order.4,5 It is this variability that provides us with the resilience to withstand physiological insults. Brailsford SC, Bolt T, Connell C, Klein JH, Patel B. Stakeholder engagement in health care simulation. In addition to this, there must be effective feedback mechanisms in place to allow solutions to be shared throughout the organization. Common features of complex (non-linear) systems. Indeed, what we learnt was that the simulation models themselves seemed not to be the main outcome of interest to the SLG; instead, it was the personal insights that members gained from the conceptual development discussions and our presentations of amalgamated patient data. Control was distributed, with members of the SLG holding responsibility and autonomy over the running of different programs within the MHS, researchers exerting control over the implementation activities, and politicians, bureaucrats, and senior healthcare managers making policy and funding decisions that affected the operating context of the SLG and researchers. Designfakultetens kunskapssammanställningar. Features of linear and non-linear systems. Innovative mental health program falling victim to funding freeze. So are hospitals, general practices, diseases and patients. A CAS is formally defined as “a collection of individual agents with freedom to act in ways that are not always totally predictable, and whose actions are interconnected such that one agent’s actions change the context for other agents” ([5], p. 625). The case study discussed here presents the researcher experience of the implementation process, which ultimately shaped and motivated the epistemological quest that is the subject of this paper. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2011. doi: 10.4135/9781446251744.n6. Political Studies. This raises the fundamental issue of epistemology. Fuzzy boundaries: System boundaries are permeable and hard to define. Arndt M, Bigelow B. Commentary: the potential of chaos theory and complexity theory for health services management. Robinson S, Pidd M. Provider and customer expectations of successful simulation projects. Kernick D. Wanted – new methodologies for health service research. Complexity theory emerged as a relevant theory and ontology for the analysis; however, we do not hold that it is the only possible lens through which to evaluate the implementation. The nurse has theoretical supports for holistic nursing, the caring of the whole human being embedded in a vast array of systems. This low healthcare system literacy is creating an estimated … The usefulness of knowledge metric also creates a democratization of scientific endeavor. This is often attributed to the complexity of the healthcare sector, characterized by intersecting biological, social and political systems spread across geographically disparate areas. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press; 2012. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications; 2010. p. 95–118. It was only when the emerging themes resonated with a complexity theory interpretation of the project that we labeled our case study as a healthcare implementation CAS. 2015;66(4):602–14. 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