Summer is a good time to catch up on your not-so-light reading, and the Journal of the American Medical Association has some great recent offerings, including:
How to Read a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis and Apply the Results to Patient Care
Sample Size Calculation for a Hypothesis Test
July 9, 2014 issue of JAMA
These articles sure to strengthen the link between research and practice.
Dr. Gary Metcalf recently shared information on the 2014 proceedings of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR):
Metcalf-Rethinking Complexity blog post
The article mentions the use of these discussions by “interested people” as a “next step”. However, I’ve found a greater awareness of systems thinking to be a current, not a future, need. Many stakeholder groups could act on this awareness, including business organizations (where applied research often takes place), funders (research supported when the potential benefits are clear), those higher education (academics are not always familiar with or versed in this discipline), and governing bodies (public policy decisions could be enhanced through a systems framework).
As a vibrant, visible international organization, the IFSR might consider acting and reporting on current outreach plans.
Comments about your experiences with systems thinking are welcome!
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