Navigating the choppy waters of system change

Taking a ‘systems approach’ to improving public health is a challenge akin to white water rafting, according to research from NIHR ARC West and Active Gloucestershire. In a new paper published in BMJ Open, the team explain how a system change programme, such as Active Gloucestershire’s we can move, requires a metaphoric raft, a robust guide and a multi-sectoral crew in order to negotiate the rapids of public health.

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