The 5 P's framework can be thought of as a structured method of inquiring into the anatomy of a clinical microsystem (see Figure 1.3). Every complex, adaptive system has structure, process, patterns, and outcomes (Zimmerman, Lindberg, & Plsek, 1999), and you can make these features explicit and analyze them by using the 5 P's framework in your microsystem.
It is often useful to create a poster-sized version of the 5 P's diagram to visually display your microsystem's 5 P's facts for all staff to review and understand. A template for such a poster can be found and downloaded at http://www. clinicalmicrosystem.org (click on Tools) (also see Figure 13.2 in the ICCU case study at the end of this chapter).
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