The Value of Systems and Complexity Sciences for Healthcare

  • Joachim P. Sturmberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Complexity in Clinical Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amrita K. Cheema, Massimo S. Fiandaca, Mark Mapstone, Howard J. Federoff
      Pages 21-28
    3. Martin Konitzer, Waltraud Fink, Vilen Lipatov, Gustav Kamenski, Thorsten Knigge
      Pages 51-67
    4. Bruce J. West
      Pages 79-89
    5. Andrew J. E. Seely, Kimberley D. Newman, Christophe Herry
      Pages 91-105
    6. Henry H. Heng, Steven D. Horne, Joshua B. Stevens, Batoul Y. Abdallah, Guo Liu, Saroj K. Chowdhury et al.
      Pages 107-120
    7. Carmel M. Martin
      Pages 121-131
    8. David A. Katerndahl, Sandra Burge, Robert Ferrer, Johanna Becho, Robert Wood
      Pages 147-161
    9. Jeanette M. Bennett, Joachim P. Sturmberg
      Pages 163-173
  3. Complexity and the Healthcare System Ethics, Organisation Policy, and Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Frances Griffiths, Jane Goudge
      Pages 187-195
    3. Russell S. Gonnering, David Logan
      Pages 197-204
    4. Paola Camorlinga, Sergio Camorlinga
      Pages 205-216
    5. Jacqueline Morse, Andrew S. Valeras, Dominic Geffken, Daniel Eubank, A. John Orzano, Douglas Dreffer et al.
      Pages 231-238
    6. Carmel M. Martin, David Emanuel Surate Solaligue
      Pages 239-246
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-285

About this book


This visionary reframing of health and healthcare uses a complexity science approach to building healthcare systems that are accessible, effective, and prepared for change and challenges. Its holistic map for understanding the human organism emphasizes the interconnectedness of the individual’s physical, psychological, cognitive, and sociocultural functioning. Applications of this approach are described in primary, specialist, and emergency care and at the organizational and policy levels, from translating findings to practice, to problem solving and evaluation. In this model, the differences between disease and illness and treating illness and restoring health are not mere wordplay, but instead are robust concepts reflecting real-world issues and their solutions.
Based on the Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of Systems and Complexity for Healthcare,topics covered include:
• Coping with complexity and uncertainty: insights from studying epidemiology in family medicine
• Anticipation in complex systems: potential implications for improving safety and quality in healthcare
• Monitoring variability and complexity at the bedside
• Viewing mental health through the lens of complexity science
• Ethical complexities in systems healthcare: what care and for whom?
• The value of systems and complexity thinking to enable change in adaptive healthcare organizations supported by informatics
• If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory: implications for health system reform
The Value of Systems and Complexity Sciences for Healthcare will interest and inspire health and disease researchers, health professionals, health care planners, health system financiers, health system administrators, health services administrators, health professional educators, and, last but not least, current and future patients.


complexity and health care health system design personalized health care systems medicine systems science and chronic disease systems science and infectious disease

Editors and affiliations

  • Joachim P. Sturmberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General PracticeNewcastle UniversityNewcastleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26219-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26221-5
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