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Revista de Salud Pública

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AGUDELO-SUAREZ, Angela N. A complexity-based approach to zoonoses in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.2, pp.325-339. ISSN 0124-0064.

The present reflection was aimed at making a contribution towards improving control policy and programs integrality and efficacy in an attempt to answer the following question, “How can understanding zoonoses in Colombia be approached from a complexity-based approach?” The first part of this article examines zoonoses as a complex problem and the reiterated tendency of control policy and programs to deal with them as a simple problem, involving unidisciplinary and reductionist responses. The current status of complexity is synthesized as a paradigm, as are the advantages of using it in analysis and formulating policy and interventions. Possible fields of work are proposed for development when approaching zoonoses in Colombia from a complexity science viewpoint.

Keywords : Zoonoses; complexity; complex system; Colombia.

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