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The Dynamics of Care

Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care

  • Eric Wolstenholme
  • Douglas McKelvie
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Elements of System Dynamics Important to Health and Social Care Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 25-44
    3. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 45-58
    4. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 59-87
    5. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 89-105
    6. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 107-118
  3. Projects for Dynamically Balancing Health and Social Care Capacities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-120
    2. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 121-139
    3. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 141-158
    4. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 159-170
    5. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 171-187
  4. From Cost Benefit Analysis to Dynamic Impact Assessment as a Means of Understanding Complexity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-191
    2. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 193-207
    3. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 209-228
    4. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 229-243
    5. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 245-260
  5. Health and Social Care Workforce Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 263-278
    3. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 279-284
    4. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 285-294
    5. Eric Wolstenholme, Douglas McKelvie
      Pages 295-305
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About this book

Introduction

This book describes numerous projects which shed light on some of the most persistent issues of the day in health and social care. The work demonstrates the importance of embedding the concept of flow into everyday health and social care thinking and creates insights into patient journeys through different conditions and treatments. It suggests that improving throughput across agencies is the key way to improving the performance of health treatment, whereas increasing capacity is the key way to improving the performance of social care by retaining independent living. The authors conclude that for state-provided care, balancing health and social care provision can eliminate the many stressful fire-fighting strategies hospitals have to undertake when faced with high demands, and this is a win-win scenario in terms of patients, staff and costs. Further, that there is a need for better understanding of the dynamics of population ageing, the dynamics of health conditions and the provision of better, integrated information systems. The book will be a valuable resource for practitioners, clinicians, managers and academics in health, social work, public health and public policy in many countries.


In this important book Eric Wolstenholme and Douglas McKelvie bring two lifetimes of award-winning experience in applying system dynamics to improving our very clinically advanced but often dysfunctional care systems.
- David F. Andersen, O’Leary Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, State University of New York, Albany, USA.

Health and social care suffer from some persistent and serious problems which not only undermine well intended care but also impose considerable costs in many societies. This very welcome and exceptional book offers the hope of sound and sustainable solutions to many of these issues. 
- Kim Warren, Strategy Dynamics, London, UK

Keywords

National Health Service System Dynamics Health Care Social Care Patient Flow

Authors and affiliations

  • Eric Wolstenholme
    • 1
  • Douglas McKelvie
    • 2
  1. 1.Symmetric ScenariosEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Symmetric ScenariosEdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21878-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21877-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21878-2
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