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A decision support system for the care of HIV and AIDS patients in India

Harper, Paul Robert and Shahani, A. K. 2003. A decision support system for the care of HIV and AIDS patients in India. European Journal of Operational Research 147 (1) , pp. 187-197. 10.1016/S0377-2217(02)00270-9

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Abstract

The spread of the HIV epidemic in India has been ferocious in recent years [World Health Organisation, 2000. Epidemiological Fact Sheet on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease-India 2000 Update. WHO and UNAIDS publications. Available from www.who.int/emc-hiv/fact_sheets/pdfs/india_en.pdf] and if it continues along its present trajectory, the consequences will be truly disastrous. Designed for, and in conjunction with, different HIV and AIDS clinics in Mumbai, India, a patient progress operational model of patient care has been developed to predict future patient numbers and associated health care costs. The suitably detailed simulation model has been designed with flexibility, ease-of-use and lack of data in mind for developing country conditions. The model has been shown to yield a useful tool to aid decision-making by clinicians and managers, thus helping in the provision of effective and efficient care to the many HIV and AIDS patients throughout Mumbai and potentially the rest of India. An illustrative use of the model is demonstrated through a case study working with one of the participating Mumbai clinics. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Developing countries; Health services; HIV and AIDS; Simulation; Decision support systems
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0377-2217
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/26462

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