Quality & Quantity

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 471–481

A causal model for the development of long-term facilities: a case in Taiwan



Elder care is an important issue in many developed countries such as U.S., Japan, and Taiwan. With the advent of population aging throughout the world, the development of long-term care facilities has become a very vital topic. In actuality, long-term care systems involve government oversight agencies as well as interaction between factors such as laws, social environment, culture, long-term care facilities, residents, and the families of residents, forming a complex and dynamic system. This paper uses system dynamics methodology to model the developmental structure of Taiwanese long-term care facilities to explore its system behaviors. The developmental structure of long-term care facilities in Taiwan is primarily composed of the four levels: overall satisfaction, overall service quality, the skill of administrative and medical care personnel and facility hardware resources. Time delay, complex, and dynamic relationships are present in the overall structure. The overall service quality of facilities is one of the most important factors in facilities’ development and that the skills of administrative and medical care personnel is the main critical factor in improving overall service quality. Finally, some suggestions are discussed relevant strategies for the government and the industry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Ph.D. Program in BusinessFeng Chia UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Marketing and LogisticsChina University of TechnologyHsin-Chu HsienTaiwan
  4. 4.Hsin-Chu HsienTaiwan

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