Operations research for occupancy modeling at hospital wards and its integration into practice

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In this chapter we review OR literature applied to hospital wards. Based on logistical characteristics and patient flow problems, we distinguish the following particular ward types: intensive care, acute medical units, obstetric wards, weekday wards, and general wards. We analyze typical trade-offs of performance measures for each ward type, and the common OR models applied to it. Additionally, we provide four modeling examples, discuss reported experiences with implementation of the research, and provide directions for future research. With this review we aim to guide both researchers and healthcare professionals in identifying which OR technique/model suits best for each specific hospital ward setting, and in actual implementation of the results in healthcare practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOperations Research Applications in Health Care Management
EditorsCengiz Kahraman, Y. Ilker Topcu
PublisherSpringer
Pages101-137
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-65455-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-65453-9
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Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Series in Operations Research and Management Science
Volume262
ISSN (Print)08848289

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van de Vrugt, N. M., Schneider, A. J., Zonderland, M. E., Stanford, D. A., & Boucherie, R. J. (2018). Operations research for occupancy modeling at hospital wards and its integration into practice. In C. Kahraman, & Y. I. Topcu (Eds.), Operations Research Applications in Health Care Management (pp. 101-137). (International Series in Operations Research and Management Science; Vol. 262). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65455-3_5
van de Vrugt, N. M. ; Schneider, A. J. ; Zonderland, M. E. ; Stanford, David A. ; Boucherie, R. J. / Operations research for occupancy modeling at hospital wards and its integration into practice. Operations Research Applications in Health Care Management. editor / Cengiz Kahraman ; Y. Ilker Topcu. Springer, 2018. pp. 101-137 (International Series in Operations Research and Management Science).
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van de Vrugt, NM, Schneider, AJ, Zonderland, ME, Stanford, DA & Boucherie, RJ 2018, Operations research for occupancy modeling at hospital wards and its integration into practice. in C Kahraman & YI Topcu (eds), Operations Research Applications in Health Care Management. International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, vol. 262, Springer, pp. 101-137. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65455-3_5

Operations research for occupancy modeling at hospital wards and its integration into practice. / van de Vrugt, N. M.; Schneider, A. J.; Zonderland, M. E.; Stanford, David A.; Boucherie, R. J.

Operations Research Applications in Health Care Management. ed. / Cengiz Kahraman; Y. Ilker Topcu. Springer, 2018. p. 101-137 (International Series in Operations Research and Management Science; Vol. 262).

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van de Vrugt NM, Schneider AJ, Zonderland ME, Stanford DA, Boucherie RJ. Operations research for occupancy modeling at hospital wards and its integration into practice. In Kahraman C, Topcu YI, editors, Operations Research Applications in Health Care Management. Springer. 2018. p. 101-137. (International Series in Operations Research and Management Science). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65455-3_5