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Relationships, context, and embedded systems: illustrating complexity science
  1. Cary A Brown
  1. School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, Johnston Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L69 3GB, UK;

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    Increasingly attention is focusing on the inadequacies of attempting to understand and address many contemporary healthcare problems from a reductionist biomedical paradigm.1–3 Complex adaptive systems theory redirects attention towards understanding the patterns of non-linear behaviour that emerge from contextually embedded and highly interactive agents. This picture (view from Canal Street during ManchesterPride parade 2004) shows that a broadened perspective and patterns of order can emerge from a more careful examination of the relationships between components (each window’s reflection) and the dynamic interplay of embedded contexts.

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