Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation

Concepts, Methods, and Applications

  • Boris Sobolev
  • Victor Sanchez
  • Lisa Kuramoto

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 3-18
    3. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 19-29
    4. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 31-51
    5. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 53-62
    6. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 63-81
    7. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 83-94
  3. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 97-113
    3. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 115-132
    4. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 133-151
    5. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 153-176
    6. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 177-191
    7. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 193-208
  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 211-230
    3. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 231-277
    4. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 279-300
    5. Boris Sobolev, Victor Sanchez, Lisa Kuramoto
      Pages 301-322

About this book

Introduction

Boris Sobolev · Victor Sanchez · Lisa Kuramoto

Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation

Concepts, Methods, and Applications

 

Over the past decades, health services research has informed policy for improving health care delivery. Computer simulations have great potential to drive full scale improvement, yet the technology has rarely been used to evaluate proposed changes before they are implemented in health care systems.

Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation describes a new interdisciplinary approach, one that incorporates the simulation of health system operations into the paradigm of health services research. Beginning by reviewing the processes of health care evaluation and simulation experiments, the book presents a complete methodology for conducting simulation studies for evaluating policy alternatives. Unified Modeling Language and Statechart diagramming are introduced as a means for developing realistic requirements of discrete-event models and policies. And to clearly illustrate simulation modeling in context, an extended series of examples illustrates the use of simulations throughout a single department in a busy hospital.

Chapters take the reader through each step of the methodology, featuring:

• A comparison of approaches to constructing simulation models of health care systems.

• An overview geared toward developing research questions.

• A framework for determining model requirements and designing simulations.

• Methods for evaluating simulation experiments at the cluster and individual levels.

• Guidelines for clear reporting of simulation studies.

• Examples of computer simulation in surgical services, from appointment booking to discharge planning.

 

As a research reference and a hands-on blueprint, Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation breaks innovative new ground for researchers and graduate students in health services research and health care management.

 

Over the past decades, health services research has informed policy for improving health care delivery. Computer simulations have great potential to drive full scale improvement, yet the technology has rarely been used to evaluate proposed changes before they are implemented in health care systems.

Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation describes a new interdisciplinary approach, one that incorporates the simulation of health system operations into the paradigm of health services research. Beginning by reviewing the processes of health care evaluation and simulation experiments, the book presents a complete methodology for conducting simulation studies for evaluating policy alternatives. Unified Modeling Language and Statechart diagramming are introduced as a means for developing realistic requirements of discrete-event models and policies. And to clearly illustrate simulation modeling in context, an extended series of examples illustrates the use of simulations throughout a single department in a busy hospital.

Chapters take the reader through each step of the methodology, featuring:

• A comparison of approaches to constructing simulation models of health care systems.

• An overview geared toward developing research questions.

• A framework for determining model requirements and designing simulations.

• Methods for evaluating simulation experiments at the cluster and individual levels.

• Guidelines for clear reporting of simulation studies.

• Examples of computer simulation in surgical services, from appointment booking to discharge planning.

 

As a research reference and a hands-on blueprint, Health Care Evaluation Using Computer Simulation breaks innovative new ground for researchers and graduate students in health services research and health care management.

Keywords

Complex systems Discrete event models Health services research Healthcare evaluation Healthcare process Markov models Patient flow Unified Modeling Language

Authors and affiliations

  • Boris Sobolev
    • 1
  • Victor Sanchez
    • 2
  • Lisa Kuramoto
    • 3
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2., Electrical Engineering and Computer SciUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Epidemiology & Evaluation, Research Institute Centre for ClinicalVancouver Coastal HealthVancouverCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-2233-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-2232-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-2233-4
  • About this book