Intended for healthcare professionals

Education And Debate Complexity science

Complexity and clinical care

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:685

Someone understands

Complexity theory goes a long way to explain the behaviour of
colleagues who spend as much time as they can in management (controlling)
roles. It is also encouraging to find some authoritative support in the
opposition to the headlong rush to the "practice of medicine by numbers"
(protocols and guidelines).

I hope that by pointing a fellow GP to this article at the weekend I
have been able to reduce his disillusionment with modern general practice.
I hope, too, it will help me to remain a little longer in a job I love but
which is increasingly made difficult by those who least understand it.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 September 2001
Chris Side
Tring, Herts