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Br J Gen Pract. 2005 Jan;55(510):47-52.

Complex consultations and the 'edge of chaos'.

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Church View Surgery, Hedon, East Yorkshire. a.d.i@btinternet.com

Abstract

Complexity theory has attracted considerable attention in recent years, both within medicine and in the wider world. Its themes of uncertainty and non-linearity resonate deeply with the experience of working in general practice. Describing the consultation as a complex, adaptive system provides a coherent theoretical basis for understanding the consultation, which has so far been lacking. Understanding the consultation as a complex, adaptive system offers insights into the consultation of that may prove to be of practical use to clinicians.

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PMID:
15667766
PMCID:
PMC1266243
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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