Network as transconcept: elements for a conceptual demarcation in the field of public health

Authors

  • Carlos Eduardo Menezes Amaral Universidade Federal do Ceará; Faculdade de Medicina
  • Maria Lúcia Magalhães Bosi Universidade Federal do Ceará; Faculdade de Medicina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S1518-8787.2016050006306

Abstract

The main proposal to set up an articulated mode of operation of health services has been the concept of network, which has been appropriated in different ways in the field of public health, as it is used in other disciplinary fields or even taking it from common sense. Amid the diversity of uses and concepts, we recognize the need for rigorous conceptual demarcation about networks in the field of health. Such concern aims to preserve the strategic potential of this concept in the research and planning in the field, overcoming uncertainties and distortions still observed in its discourse-analytic circulation in public health. To this end, we will introduce the current uses of network in different disciplinary fields, emphasizing dialogues with the field of public health. With this, we intend to stimulate discussions about the development of empirical dimensions and analytical models that may allow us to understand the processes produced within and around health networks.

Published

2016-01-01

How to Cite

Amaral, C. E. M., & Bosi, M. L. M. (2016). Network as transconcept: elements for a conceptual demarcation in the field of public health . Revista De Saúde Pública, 50, 51. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1518-8787.2016050006306

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