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Chemotherapy appointment scheduling and daily outpatient–nurse assignment

  • Menel Benzaid
  • Nadia Lahrichi
  • Louis-Martin Rousseau
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Abstract

Chemotherapy planning and patient–nurse assignment problems are complex multiobjective decision problems. Schedulers must make upstream decisions that affect daily operations. To improve productivity, we propose a two-stage procedure to schedule treatments for new patients, to plan nurse requirements, and to assign the daily patient mix to available nurses. We develop a mathematical formulation that uses a waiting list to take advantage of last-minute cancellations. In the first stage, we assign appointments to the new patients at the end of each day, we estimate the daily requirement for nurses, and we generate the waiting list. The second stage assigns patients to nurses while minimizing the number of nurses required. We test the procedure on realistically sized problems to demonstrate the impact on the cost effectiveness of the clinic.

Keywords

Chemotherapy Outpatients Nurses Appointments Scheduling Daily assignment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada

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