Special Issue – Systems thinking for health systems strengthening in LMICs: seizing the opportunity

Guest Editors: Taghreed Adam and Don de Savigny
Health Policy Plan. Volume 27 (suppl. 4) October 2012

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Systems thinking is primarily a way of thinking in approaching problems and in designing solutions. It is an approach to problem solving that appreciates the very nature of complex systems as dynamic, constantly changing, governed by history and by feedback, where the role and influence of stakeholders and context is critical, and where new policies and actions (of different stakeholders) often generate counterintuitive and unpredictable effects, sometimes long after policies have been implemented. This supplement reflects the evolution in our understanding of health systems and how and why public health programmes and policies succeed or fail.

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