Complex Systems Approaches to Understand Drivers of Mental Health and Inform Mental Health Policy: A Systematic Review

Brent A. Langellier, Yong Yang, Jonathan Purtle, Katherine L. Nelson, Ivana Stankov, Ana V. Diez Roux

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Abstract

We conducted a systematic review of studies employing complex systems approaches (i.e., agent based and system dynamics models) to understand drivers of mental health and inform mental health policy. We extracted key data (e.g., purpose, design, data) for each study and provide a narrative synthesis of insights generated across studies. The studies investigated drivers and policy intervention strategies across a diversity of mental health outcomes. Based on these studies and the extant literature, we propose a typology of mental health research and policy areas that may benefit from complex systems approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-144
Number of pages17
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2019

Keywords

  • Complex systems
  • Mental health
  • Public policy
  • Systematic review
  • Systems science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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