Revista Gerencia y Políticas de Salud
versión impresa ISSN 1657-7027
JARA NAVARRO, María Inés. Research on public health: an epistemological reflection from complex sciences. Rev. Gerenc. Polit. Salud [online]. 2009, vol.8, n.16, pp. 32-56. ISSN 1657-7027.
Arising from the complexity sciences, the present article of reflection, refers in this opportunity, to a central problem and other that derivate from it, related to the present process of public health research: that of the construction of models and other associated to it: i) those related to the explanation; ii) the one referring to the statement of the research problems and, iii) the vision of the observer. Two theses are defended: i) the insufficiency of sciences for the research of public health, is given by the limitations of reductionist models of explanation and, ii) the possibility is found in the approach to public health as an adaptive complex system.Key words author: decentralization, neoliberalism, equity, Mexico.
Palabras llave : health; adaptative complex systems; research models; explanation; observatory; public health; research; health systems; research.