CLINICAL SYSTEMICS: TOWARDS AN INTEGRATED FRAMEWORK AND METHODOLOGY FOR ALLEVIATING PATHOLOGIES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Peter L Roolf

Abstract


Clinical systemics is a framework and methodology induced from Western medicine for the purpose of identifying and treating pathologies in complex living systems. Motivated by climate change and other significant trends in the 21st century, clinical systemics is envisioned as a means of science-based, multidisciplinary collaboration and practice not only in social-ecological systems, but in other natural and artificial living systems as well. This paper will outline the philosophical underpinnings of such a framework and methodology, provide a contextual overview of the systems and complexity science project, and will describe the features of complex living systems, health, pathology, and healing. Building on these ideas, a vision for a clinical systemic framework and methodology will be articulated by drawing on examples from the history of Western medicine. And lastly, benefits and challenges of such a framework and methodology will be identified, followed by a suggested sequence of development and implementation.

Keywords


Climate Change; Clinical Systemics; Interdisciplinary Collaboration; Medicine; Policy Methods; Resilience; Sustainability; Systems Engineering; Systems Isopathology; Systems Literacy; Systems Pathology; Systems Practice; Systems Science

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