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Do we need stochastic models for healthcare? The case of ICATS?

Gillespie, Jennifer, McClean, Sally, FitzGibbon, Francis, Scotney, Bryan, Dobbs, Frank and Meenan, Brian (2014) Do we need stochastic models for healthcare? The case of ICATS? Journal of Simulation, 8 (4). pp. 293-303. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jos/journal/v8/n4/full/jos20148a.html

DOI: 10.1057/jos.2014.8


Healthcare stakeholders require accurate and reliable models to aid performance management, but there is an issue as to whether deterministic or stochastic modelling is more appropriate. Deterministic models are usually simpler, more easily understood, and less data intensive. However, stochastic models tend to be more realistic, but require significant data to develop a realistic model. We illustrate that when queueing is a defining property of the problem semantics then we need suitable data and a model that allows us to describe and characterise the relationship between the queueing process, its parameters and delay. By comparing an analytic deterministic model with a stochastic simulation of an orthopaedic Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service, we show that when uncertainty is ignored in the planning stages then there will be a deficiency in the number of staff allocated. This causes queues to build up and it follows that patients will receive a diminished quality of care.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:30881
Deposited By: Professor Sally McClean
Deposited On:21 Jan 2015 10:57
Last Modified:21 Jan 2015 10:57

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