Paper Information

Journal:   PAYESH   APRIL 2008 , Volume 7 , Number 2; Page(s) 153 To 164.
 
Paper: 

SIMULATION IN HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS: APPLICATION IN OUTPATIENT SETTINGS

 
 
Author(s):  AEINPARAST A.*, TABIBI S.J.A.D., SHAHANEGHI K., ARIANEZHAD M.B.
 
* IRANIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH SCIENCES RESEARCH, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Objective(s): To define the main criteria for application of simulation in healthcare systems, especially in outpatient settings.

Methods: This was a systematic review of the literature. The search involved the use of 3 keywords, namely simulation models, health care systems and outpatient services.

Results: The articles were categorized into 3 main groups:

- Changes in patients arrival patterns,

- Changes in resource allocation methods,

- Changes in service delivery processes.

The findings are presented in the light of the above headings.

Conclusion: Literature show that simulation can be an effective decision-making tool and it can be employed usefully to improve the performance of the health system. It should be kept in mind, however, that a proper information system must be in place to facilitate access to information and to encourage participation by simulation experts and stakeholders such as clients, service providers, and decision makers.

 
Keyword(s): SIMULATION, HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, OUTPATIENT SERVICES
 
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