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Applied Systems Thinking for Health Systems and Public Health Research

Jointly organised by the Centre for Evaluation, the Health Systems Research Group at the GHD and the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions 

Health systems are characterised by extraordinary complexity in relationships among stakeholders and the processes they create. Systems phenomena of massive interdependencies, organising and emergent behaviour, non-linearity and lagged feedback loops, path dependence and tipping points make health system behaviour difficult and sometimes impossible to predict or manage. Conventional reductionist approaches to public health and health systems research are inadequate for tackling the problems health systems pose. It is increasingly recognized that we need in public health a special set of approaches, methods and tools that derive from systems thinking perspectives.

This full day event at LSHTM examined various innovative systems thinking methodologies that can be used. The recordings from each session are available online.

 

9.30

Welcome & Introduction

Karl Blanchet

Session 1  –  available to watch online here

Chair: Dina Balabanova

9.40

System Thinking in Health Systems Research

Don de Savigny

9.55

Complexity and Cynefin

Dave Snowden

10.10

Complex systems approaches to public health research, policy, and practice

Harry Rutter

10.25

Using qualitative methods in complex systems research

Natalie Savona

10.40

Panel discussion

All speakers

11.00

Coffee break

Session 2 –  available to watch online here

Chair: Jo Borghi

11.30

Soft systems methodology

Kathy Kotiadis 

11.45

Rapid appraisal methods which seek to capture complexity

Dina Balabanova  

12.00

Process re-engineering to manage complexity

Don de Savigny

12.15

Developing systems thinking for health

Martin Reynolds 

12.30

Panel discussion

All speakers

13.00

Lunch

Session 3 –  available to watch online here

Chair: Natalie Savona

14.00

Social network analysis

Karl Blanchet

14.15

Causal mediation analysis 

Josephine Borghi

14.30

Mathematical methods for modelling complex dynamic systems

Zaid Chalabi

14.45

Panel discussion

All speakers

15. 15

Summing up

Don de Savigny

 

Admission

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