Using a Complex Network Methodology to Track, Evaluate, and Transform Fundamental Care

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2021 Dec 15;284:31-35. doi: 10.3233/SHTI210656.


In this study, we drew on methods originating in complex adaptive systems and social network analysis to develop a novel way to quantify fundamental care. Data were obtained from a public statement from the Australian Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Results support the importance of using a systemic approach to assess the multiple dimensions of the fundamentals of care. Our method allows measurement of the problem within its system, providing a detailed quantification of care events and identifying excellence and improvement opportunities. We illustrate the strengths of this approach using principal component analysis and heat mapping. The application of the proposed methodology in healthcare decision-making, planning, and quality improvement is discussed.

Keywords: Complex adaptive systems; Fundamentals of Care Framework; care; network.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Quality Improvement*