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Complexity and human health: the case for a transdisciplinary paradigm

Culture, medicine and psychiatry, Mar 1998, Vol.22(1), pp.55-92 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Complexity and human health: the case for a transdisciplinary paradigm
  • Author: Albrecht, Glenn ; Freeman, Sonia ; Higginbotham, Nick
  • Found In: Culture, medicine and psychiatry, Mar 1998, Vol.22(1), pp.55-92 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Health ; Interdisciplinary Research ; Interdisciplinary Relations ; Social Sciences ; Health Care ; Diseases ; Indigenous Populations ; Case Studies ; Australia ; Anthropology ; Sociology
  • Language: English
  • Description: Transdisciplinary thinking is an emerging philosophy underpinning health social science. We advance a definition of transdisciplinary thinking and link it with complexity theory. Complexity theory's concern with non-linear relationships, interactive causality and emergent properties of systems compels researchers to adopt a transdisciplinary perspective. We construct a generic framework for analyzing health processes from diverse disciplines and apply it to coronary heart disease in the Australian Coalfields. Insights from this analysis support our argument that transdisciplinary thinking maximizes understanding of the complexity of human health.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0165-005X

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