Original ArticlesCare Transitions Integrating Transition Theory and Complexity Science ConceptsGeary, Carol R. MBA, BSN; Schumacher, Karen L. PhD, RNAuthor Information University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Correspondence: Carol R. Geary, MBA, BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198 ([email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: July/September 2012 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 236-248 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31826260a5 Buy Metrics Abstract Care transitions, defined as hospital discharge or movement from one health care setting to another, are currently a major concern of health care providers and policy makers. Extensive empirical research has been conducted on care transitions, but the theoretical foundations are rarely made explicit. We propose that integrating concepts on complex adaptive systems from complexity science with classic theory on transitions in nursing provides a powerful new lens through which to study care transitions and improve transition outcomes. We summarize concepts from both theoretical approaches, propose an expanded model of transitions, and apply the model to the transition from hospital to home. Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.