Embracing Complexity in Health

The Transformation of Science, Practice, and Policy

  • Joachim P. Sturmberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: A Systems and Complexity Science Understanding of Health

  3. Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Jason H. T. Bates, Elena A. Doty, C. Matthew Kinsey
      Pages 85-94
    3. Henry H. Heng, Guo Liu, Sarah Alemara, Sarah Regan, Zachary Armstrong, Christine J. Ye
      Pages 95-109
  4. Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Carmel Martin, Keith Stockman, Joachim P. Sturmberg
      Pages 125-146
    3. David Katerndahl, Sandra Burge, Robert Ferrer, Johanna Becho, Robert Wood, Maria Del Pilar Montanez Villacampa
      Pages 147-167
    4. Susanne Reventlow, Alexandra B. R. Jønsson, Marlene C. R. Møller, Annette Sofie Davidsen, Line Olsen
      Pages 169-183
  5. Education and Leadership

  6. Health Systems and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Craig Kuziemsky, Andrea Ghazzawi
      Pages 267-277
    3. Alonzo H. Jones
      Pages 279-288
    4. Sung Young Lim, Leticia Mucci da Conceição, Sergio G. Camorlinga
      Pages 307-320
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-335

About this book


This detailed volume illustrates the transformative nature of systems and complexity sciences for practice, research, education, and health system organization. Researchers highlight the fresh perspectives and novel approaches offered by these interdisciplinary fields in addressing the complexities of global, national, and community health challenges in the 21st century. With the implications that these emerging fields hold for health still relatively underexplored, researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, including physiological, social, environmental, clinical, prevention, educational, organizational, finance, and policy domains, aim in this book to suggest future directions in health care and highlight recent advances in basic and clinical physiology, education, policy-making, and leadership.

Among the topics discussed:
• Impact of genomic heterogeneity on bio-emergent properties
• Harnessing Big Data to improve health services
• Decision-making of women in violent relationships
• Co-producing healthcare interventions
• A socio-ecological solution to physician burnout

Embracing Complexity in Health: The Transformation of Science, Practice, and Policy is a highly relevant resource to practitioners in the field, students, instructors, and policy makers, and also should find an engaged audience among health and disease researchers, healthcare planners, health system financiers, health system administrators, health services administrators, health professional educators, and other health professionals. The trans- and interdisciplinary natures of health and health care are fostering a broad discourse amongst all concerned with improving patient care in an equitable and sustainable way.   


complexity sciences health systems organization healthcare reform systems medicine healthcare policy complex adaptive systems nonlinear dynamics organizational learning multi-morbidity disease management health professional education complex health care complex conditions medical knowledge knowledge management organizational reform global health sustainable health fractal physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joachim P. Sturmberg
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of NewcastleWamberalAustralia

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