Putting Systems and Complexity Sciences Into Practice

Sharing the Experience

  • Joachim P. Sturmberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Joachim P. Sturmberg
    Pages 1-8
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jeanette M. Bennett, Lydia G. Roos, Joseph S. Marino, Nicolas Rohleder, Maren J. Coffman
      Pages 11-27
    3. Diane Hurd, Nicholas Coombs, Cara Fairbanks, Heather Landon, Andrea Macdonald, Kyle Luraas et al.
      Pages 43-49
    4. Carmel Martin, Joachim P. Sturmberg, Keith Stockman, Donald Campbell, Lucy Hederman, Carl Vogel et al.
      Pages 51-71
    5. Christophe L. Herry, Nathan B. Scales, Kimberley D. Newman, Andrew J. E. Seely
      Pages 73-82
    6. Henry H. Heng, Guo Liu, Sarah Regan, Christine J. Ye
      Pages 83-95
  4. Part II

  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Bruno Kissling, Esther Quarroz
      Pages 217-229
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-244

About this book


This idea-packed resource takes systems and complexity sciences out of blue-sky territory and into the concrete world of contemporary healthcare practice. Beginning with a new reframing of health and illness, its chapters redesign traditional disease-centered models of care into modern, health-centered—and patient-centered—health service systems. The approaches shown here combine innovation and common sense to recognize and attend to patients’ needs across areas including health education and training, information accessibility, health service organization and delivery, and disease in individual context. The variety of solutions applied to this wide spectrum of issues shows the suitability of systems, complexity, and adaptive thinking to the ongoing objectives of making health services more responsive, effective, and equitable.


Highlights of the coverage:


  • Healthy smoker: an oxymoron? Maybe, but it is more complicated than that
  • Transforming monitoring and improving care with variability-derived clinical decision support
  • Linking Gulf War illness to genome instability, somatic evolution, and complex adaptive systems
  • Complexity of knowledge in primary care: understanding the discipline’s requisite knowledge: a bibliometric study
  • New ways of knowing and researching: integrating complexity into a translational health sciences program
  • Understanding the emergency department ecosystem using agent-based modelling

Putting Systems and Complexity Sciences into Practice is an inspiring idea book that sill interest health policymakers, health financiers, organizational leaders, healthcare administrators, clinicians, researchers, students, and interested lay readers.                                                                                                              



health system reform health system redesign healthcare reform complex adaptive systems complex adaptive health system complexity and health leadership public health equity in health care modeling health system problems values in health care patient-centered care systems analysis complexity sciences systems science complex health systems translational research

Editors and affiliations

  • Joachim P. Sturmberg
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and MedicineUniversity of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73635-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73636-5
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