Action research and soft systems methodology for studying problems in emergency care delivery

Remco Rosmulder, Koos Krabbendam, Toon Kerkhoff, Jan Luitse

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    Abstract

    This article describes the use of action research (AR) and soft systems methodology (SSM) for studying and taking action in complex and unstructured problem situations. Drawing from AR and SSM principles, it proposes a research methodology to study and improve problematic flows of patients in emergency departments using operations management concepts. Three examples illustrate the methodology: analysis and improvement actions in acute radiology service, the design and introduction of a central status board and tests of an advanced triage system. This article concludes that an action mode of research is worthy of being pursued further, in emergency departments and beyond.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)289-302
    JournalInternational journal of healthcare technology and management
    Volume10
    Issue number4/5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Action research
    • Emergency care delivery
    • Emergency departments
    • Healthcare technology
    • Healthcare management
    • Operations management
    • Research methodology
    • Soft systems methodology; patient flow; acute radiology services
    • Advanced triage
    • Emergency patients

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