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Authors

  1. Gilman, Patricia R. PhD, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC

Abstract

Chronic care management is a multidimensional phenomenon involving multilayered interaction, reaction, and adaptation responses to feedback within chronic care micro/macro- systems. Complex adaptive systems (CASs) consider interconnected dynamic relationships between discrete components of systems' internal and external environments. CAS is an applicable framework to examine components and networks within chronic care models. This article considers CAS as a framework for an alternate integrated patient-centered model that incorporates a holistic approach to chronic care. Recognizing relationships, behavioral patterns, and adaptive mechanisms informs health systems and health policy to influence service excellence improvements and quality of care and life within chronic disease populations.