Recipe for untangling complex healthcare

Physicians tackle difficult addictions

New paper out now

So there he was, with the boy’s head in his hands. The boy was 12, but looked no more than 10 years old. He was deeply jaundiced and in a heroin withdrawal. It was 1981; Fergus O’Kelly was a family physician in the inner city Dublin, Ireland.

Complex interventions are best fashioned in stages, says the Medical Research Council in U.K. They came up with a six-step recipe for “cooking” complex interventions. The recipe can help those of us who are researchers define their interventions and evaluate their implementation.

Read the Perspectice in the latest issue of the Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine: