Advanced Decision Making Methods Applied to Health Care

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Elena Tanfani, Angela Testi
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 12, 2012 - Political Science - 236 pages
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The most difficult part of making decisions in the health care field on all levels (national, regional, institutional, patient) is linked to the very complexity of the system itself, to the intrinsic uncertainty involved and its dynamic nature. This requires not only the ability to analyze and interpret a large amount of information but also arrange it so that it becomes a cognitive base for appropriate decision-making. Moreover, decisions in the health care field are subjected to many challenges and constraints: fast change and uncertain outcomes, aging population, increasing citizen expectations, equity considerations and limited resources. Operations research, statistical and economic-related quantitative methods supply these decisions making tools and methodology. The contributed book presents a collection of applications to concrete situations detailing the problem area, the methodology employed, the implementation and results. Each topic addressed in the book will be structured in such a way that an interdisciplinary and wide audience will be able to use the materials presented. As an example the book chapters will address health policies issues, planning health services, epidemiology and disease modelling, home-care modelling, logistics in health care, capacity planning, quality and appropriateness.

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Chapter 1 Workforce management based on forecasted demand
Chapter 2 Operating rooms scheduling under uncertainty
Chapter 3 Idealised design and modelling of alternatives to hospital care
Chapter 4 A coordination model for enhancing research on rare diseases
Chapter 5 Integrating simulation and riskbased sensitivity analysis methods in hospital emergency department design
Does a system value of stewardship matter?
Chapter 7 Optimal allocation of urban nuclei to hospital birth centres in a geographical region
Chapter 8 The nursetopatient assignment problem in Home Care services
A multicriteria resource allocation model to inform the choice of community care programmes
Chapter 10 An analysis of the financial statements of Italian health care providers through correlationbased networks
An exploratory study
Chapter 12 A simulationbased decision support tool to analyze clinical pathways in hospital
Chapter 13 Patient mix optimisation for inpatient planning with multiple resources

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