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Mobilising knowledge in complex health systems: a call to action

Holmes, B.; Best, A.; Davies, H.; Hunter, D.J.; Kelly, M.; Marshall, M.; Rycroft-Malone, J.

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B. Holmes

A. Best

H. Davies

D.J. Hunter

M. Kelly

M. Marshall

J. Rycroft-Malone


Worldwide, policymakers, health system managers, practitioners and researchers struggle to use evidence to improve policy and practice. There is growing recognition that this challenge relates to the complex systems in which we work. The corresponding increase in complexity-related discourse remains primarily at a theoretical level. This paper moves the discussion to a practical level, proposing actions that can be taken to implement evidence successfully in complex systems. Key to success is working with, rather than trying to simplify or control, complexity. The integrated actions relate to co-producing knowledge, establishing shared goals and measures, enabling leadership, ensuring adequate resourcing, contributing to the science of knowledge-to-action, and communicating strategically.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 15, 2016
Publication Date Aug 15, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2017
Journal Evidence and Policy
Print ISSN 1744-2648
Electronic ISSN 1744-2656
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 539-560
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