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A systematic literature review of operational research methods for modelling patient flow and outcomes within community healthcare and other settings

Palmer, R; Fulop, NJ; Utley, M; (2018) A systematic literature review of operational research methods for modelling patient flow and outcomes within community healthcare and other settings. Health Systems , 7 (1) pp. 29-50. 10.1057/s41306-017-0024-9. Green open access

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Abstract

An ambition of healthcare policy has been to move more acute services into community settings. This systematic literature review presents analysis of published operational research methods for modelling patient flow within community healthcare, and for modelling the combination of patient flow and outcomes in all settings. Assessed for inclusion at three levels – with the references from included papers also assessed – 25 “Patient flow within community care”, 23 “Patient flow and outcomes” papers and 5 papers within the intersection are included for review. Comparisons are made between each paper’s setting, definition of states, factors considered to influence flow, output measures and implementation of results. Common complexities and characteristics of community service models are discussed with directions for future work suggested. We found that in developing patient flow models for community services that use outcomes, transplant waiting list may have transferable benefits.

Type: Article
Title: A systematic literature review of operational research methods for modelling patient flow and outcomes within community healthcare and other settings
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41306-017-0024-9
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41306-017-0024-9
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The OR Society 2017. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. The images orother third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license,unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-ncnd/3.0/.
Keywords: literature review, community healthcare, patient flow, outcomes, operational research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics > Clinical Operational Research Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10023370
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