Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 167–179

Hospital Layout as a Quadratic Assignment Problem

  • Alwalid N. Elshafei
Case-Oriented Paper

DOI: 10.1057/jors.1977.29

Cite this article as:
Elshafei, A. J Oper Res Soc (1977) 28: 167. doi:10.1057/jors.1977.29


The problem of locating hospital departments so as to minimize the total distance travelled by patients can be formulated as a Quadratic Assignment Problem. In this paper we discuss some practical considerations of the problem, its formulation, we present a heuristic procedure to solve it and comment on our computational experience with the heuristic.

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© Operational Research Society 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alwalid N. Elshafei
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of National PlanningEgypt