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Lessons from mixing OR methods in practice: using DES and SD to explore a radiotherapy treatment planning process

Morgan, Jennifer Sian, Belton, Val and Howick, Susan 2016. Lessons from mixing OR methods in practice: using DES and SD to explore a radiotherapy treatment planning process. Health Systems 5 (3) , pp. 166-177. 10.1057/hs.2016.4

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Abstract

Mixing Operational Research (OR) methods is becoming more commonplace. Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) and System Dynamics (SD) are popular modelling methods previously applied to a range of situations for various purposes, which are starting to be mixed in healthcare. However, the practicalities of mixing DES and SD in practice remain unclear. Radiotherapy treatment is a complex multi-stage process where technology and best practice continue to evolve. This paper describes a project undertaken to explore the treatment planning process using mixed OR methods. It presents insights obtained through mixing OR methods within a real-world project. The model development process, the role of each modelling method and the benefits of undertaking a mixed OR methods project design are described. Lessons for mixing DES and SD, and more generally mixing OR methods, are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2047-6965
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 May 2019
Date of Acceptance: 27 April 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 03:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89503

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