The University of Michigan School of Nursing has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute for Nursing Research to establish the Center for Complexity and Self-management of Chronic Disease.

The center will award $25,000 annually to interdisciplinary pilot projects for the duration of the grant and willserve as a campus-wide resource and area of collaboration to increase research output and integrate advanced scientific methods.

“The CSCD center is unique as it engages multidisciplinary complexity-study investigators working on research methods, computational analytics, and their direct healthcare applications for self-management of chronic illness,” said Ivo Dinov, a co-primary investigator at the center. “The CSCD provides clinical, bio-social and statistical expertise, computational resources, study-design consulting, and training opportunities.”

One of the possible areas of investigation will be how chaos theory may help providers and patients cope better with chronic disease.

"Chaos theory can help modeling processing and data analytics as it takes a complex systems approach and makes the assumption that behavior can be chaotic with variance that is not neatly or linearly explained," center officials said. "Complexity theoretical approaches study random events that can cause change and where small changes in behavior can have huge effects at the system level. CSCD investigators employ complexity theory and multivariate data analytics methods to address challenges in managing chronic disease."

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