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Systems Science and Population Health$
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Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.001.0001

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Generation of Systems Maps

Generation of Systems Maps

Mapping Complex Systems of Population Health

(p.61) 6 Generation of Systems Maps
Systems Science and Population Health

Helen de Pinho

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines an approach to creating conceptual maps that facilitate systems thinking. It begins with a discussion of stakeholder participation in the mapping process, then puts forward frameworks for problem articulation and critiquing boundary judgments, and discusses the development of a dynamic hypothesis. The final part of the chapter outlines three systems thinking tools that specifically focus on exposing the relationships among factors in a problem situation (a focus on the forest so that we can see the trees in context) and serves to make explicit multiple perspectives and assumptions—necessary to manage the complex realities that characterize population health problems—avoiding reductionism and dogmatism.

Keywords:   systems maps, dynamics, diagrams, directed acyclic graphs, mapping

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