Publication Details

Integrating complex systems science into road safety research and practice, part 1: Review of formative concepts.

Type: article

Author(s): Naumann, Rebecca B; Kuhlberg, Jill; Sandt, Laura; Heiny, Stephen; Apostolopoulos, Yorghos; Marshall, Stephen W; Lich, Kristen Hassmiller


Publication Date: 9/24/2019

Journal: Injury Prevention

Doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043315

Pmid: 31551366

Abstract: Many of our most persistent public health problems are complex problems. They arise from a web of factors that interact and change over time and may exhibit resistance to intervention efforts. The domain of systems science provides several tools to help injury prevention researchers and practitioners examine deep, complex and persistent problems and identify opportunities to intervene. Using the increase in pedestrian death rates as an example, we provide (1) an accessible overview of how complex systems science approaches can augment established injury prevention frameworks and (2) a straightforward example of how specific systems science tools can deepen understanding, with a goal of ultimately informing action. © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.