Operational Research

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 45–55 | Cite as

Simulation in health-care: lessons from other sectors

  • Mohsen JahangirianEmail author
  • Aisha Naseer
  • Lampros Stergioulas
  • Terry Young
  • Tillal Eldabi
  • Sally Brailsford
  • Brijesh Patel
  • Paul Harper
Original Paper


This paper compares the results of broad-range literature reviews over the period 1997–2006 on the application of simulation in three sectors: commerce, defence, and health-care. The main purpose of these reviews is to see whether there are lessons to learn from the first two sectors to be applied in the health-care sector. Results of our reviews show that, simulation has been commonly used in the three sectors; however, there is clear evidence of lack of consistency in the level of implementation. More specifically, healthcare lags behind the other two sectors, particularly in terms of stakeholder engagement and, consequently, in terms of implementation of simulation outcomes. This paper provides key insights into some challenges in applying simulation methods in healthcare, whilst presenting an up-to-date “big picture” of simulation in three main sectors from an academic point of view.


Simulation Commerce Defence Health-care Cross-sector review 



This work was supported partly by the EPSRC, UK (RIGHT project, Grant No: EP/E019900/1; <>).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohsen Jahangirian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aisha Naseer
    • 1
  • Lampros Stergioulas
    • 1
  • Terry Young
    • 1
  • Tillal Eldabi
    • 2
  • Sally Brailsford
    • 3
  • Brijesh Patel
    • 3
  • Paul Harper
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Information System, Computing and MathematicsBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK
  2. 2.Brunel Business SchoolBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK
  3. 3.School of ManagementUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  4. 4.School of MathematicsCardiff UniversityCardiff, WalesUK

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