System Theory In Healthcare

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Lori Rayl
Western Governors University

Relationship between system theory and healthcare delivery in U.S.

Systems theory can be seen as a model for improving quality in the United States (US) healthcare system. Systems theory is based upon systems thinking that relies on the whole system and relationships rather than isolated parts. If the US healthcare system were to adopt a systems theory this could improve healthcare quality and reduce errors. Despite focus on increasing patient safety in hospitals, medical errors continue to remain high (Petula 2005, p. 6). By adopting the concept of systems theory this could possibly help to reduce medical errors and improve quality of care. By ensuring that the medical teams work as a
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Administrators decide on a practice to adopt and it is mandated for the nursing staff. Administrators rarely meet with practitioners to reevaluate and get advice on whether to continue with a practice or end the new practice. Research has consistently shown that when practitioners are given a voice in decisions and also are given valid reasons for change that practitioners will adopt a practice much more readily then being mandated to do something.

Summary of search strategies
I used Google to search for the first two articles and did not produce the articles that I wanted using the key words systems theory and diffusion of innovation theory. I had to use the additional key word of nursing to get acceptable articles.
When using CINAHL, I had no trouble finding many articles there was a large group that was generated from each search, I just had to skim each article to ensure it was what I needed.

Annotated Bibliography
Chuang, S., & Inder, K. (n.d.). EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page. An effectiveness analysis of healthcare systems using a systems theoretic approach. Retrieved December 28, 2012, from
This article describes the value in developing a systems approach to achieving higher quality outcomes in the health care setting. The authors