Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

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Health Care in the United Kingdom and Europe, System Dynamics Applications to

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_269-3

This entry describes the application of system dynamics to health and social care in Europe.

Systems thinking and the simulation tool set of system dynamics are introduced together with an overview of current strategic health issues and responses in the UK and Europe. A case study is then presented to demonstrate how effective and apposite system dynamics studies can be. This is followed by a Pan-European review of applications of system dynamics in epidemiology and in health treatment and diagnosis in different sectors of health and social care, based on an extensive bibliography. Reference is also made to health workforce planning studies. Lastly, a review of future directions is described.

The knowledge base of this entry is located in a published work by internal and external consultants and academic staff in universities, but it should also be said that there is far more work in system dynamics in health than is referred to in these sources. Many internal and external...

Keywords

National Health Service Social Care Intermediate Care Workforce Planning Social Care Service 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The author would like to acknowledge the many practitioners of system dynamics in health and social care throughout Europe for their dedication to using these methods to improve health and well-being. Particular thanks are due to my colleagues in the International System Dynamics community and its Society and those in the UK Chapter of the Society, without whom I would not have the knowledge base to undertake this review. Special thanks are also due to my colleagues in Symmetric SD, without whom much of the personal work reported here would not have been carried out at all.

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  1. 1.SymmetricpartnershipBrightonUK