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For participants of the PASQUAL Scholars Program to access resources and information on patient safety, quality, and leadership

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Welcome to the research guide for Patient Safety, Quality, & Leadership. In it you will find resources and information that will help you with your PASQUAL project/study. Click on the tabs on this page to uncover relevant resources that can help in answering your research questions.  

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Mendeley Presentation

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Studying complexity in health services research: desperately seeking an overdue paradigm shift. 

Trisha Greenhalgh and Chrysanthi Papoutsi, BMC Medicine 2018; 16:95

Abstract

Complexity is much talked about but sub-optimally studied in health services research. Although the significance of the complex system as an analytic lens is increasingly recognised, many researchers are still using methods that assume a closed system in which predictive studies in general, and controlled experiments in particular, are possible and preferred. We argue that in open systems characterised by dynamically changing inter-relationships and tensions, conventional research designs predicated on linearity and predictability must be augmented by the study of how we can best deal with uncertainty, unpredictability and emergent causality. . . . Each of the initial five papers in this collection illustrates, in different ways, the value of theoretically grounded, methodologically pluralistic, flexible and adaptive study designs. We propose an agenda for future research and invite researchers to contribute to this on-going series.

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