From Linear to Complicated to Complex; Comment on “Using Complexity and Network Concepts to Inform Healthcare Knowledge Translation”

Document Type : Commentary


School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, UK


Attention to collaborative approaches to encouraging evidence use in healthcare practice are gaining traction. The inherent complexities in collaborative and networked approaches to knowledge translation (KT) have been embraced by Kitson and colleagues in their complexity network model. In this commentary, the potential of complexity as presented by Kitson et al within their model is considered. The utility of such a model will be contingent upon how easy users find it to understand and apply to their challenge, and doing so in a way that is useful to not only help with explanation, but also with prediction.


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  • Receive Date: 29 October 2017
  • Revise Date: 20 January 2018
  • Accept Date: 09 January 2018
  • First Publish Date: 01 June 2018