System thinking approach to evidence informed mental health care

Mental health policy makers face complex decisions, which must be justified by a deep knowledge of the health system and the assessment of the different choices. Evidence-informed health policy uses scientific evidence to support policy-makers in decisions that have greater efficiency, equality and effectiveness. In this context, systems thinking approach views the health system as a whole rather than its individual component parts, and takes into account behaviour of systems over time and their complexity. This research aims to:

  • develop taxonomies to classify mental health interventions, professionals and services in health systems, in order to know the accurate provision and performance by allowing comparisons between systems, and
  • gather tested methodologies from different scientific fields, which improves knowledge of mental healthcare systems, and guide their improvement based on evidence.


Sue Lukersmith (University of Sydney)

James Gillespie (University of Sydney)

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