Towards the Holy Grail: combining system dynamics and discrete-event simulation in healthcare

Brailsford, S.C., Desai, Mitul. S. and Viana, Joe (2010) Towards the Holy Grail: combining system dynamics and discrete-event simulation in healthcare. In, Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference. Winter Simulation Conference 2010 , INFORMS.


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The idea of combining discrete-event simulation and system dynamics has been a topic of debate in the
operations research community for over a decade. Many authors have considered the potential benefits of
such an approach from a methodological or practical standpoint. However, despite numerous examples of
models with both discrete and continuous parameters in the computer science and engineering literature,
nobody in the OR field has yet succeeded in developing a genuinely hybrid approach which truly integrates
the philosophical approach and technical merits of both DES and SD in a single model. In this paper
we consider some of the reasons for this and describe two practical healthcare examples of combined
DES/SD models, which nevertheless fall short of the “holy grail” which has been so widely discussed in
the literature over the past decade.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9781424498666
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Business School
ePrint ID: 206555
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 2010Published
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 10:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:48

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