Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Discrete Event Simulation (DES)

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_818

Definition

In general, discrete event simulation describes the chronological sequence of events representing the operation steps of a system. In health economic  modeling, discrete event simulation techniques are seen to be more flexible and, due to the consideration of individual patient experiences, more naturalistic than Markov models and decision tree analysis.

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