Optimal bed allocation in hospitals

Li, Xiaodong, Beullens, Patrick, Jones, Dylan and Tamiz, Mehrdad, Barichard, V. (eds.) (2009) Optimal bed allocation in hospitals. Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, 618, 253-265. (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-85646-7_24).


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In this paper a decision aiding model is introduced for optimizing the allocation of beds in a hospital. The model is based on queueing theory and goal programming (GP). Queueing theory is used to obtain some essential characteristics of access to various departments (or specialities) within the hospital. Results from the queueing models are used to construct a multi-objective decision aiding model in the GP framework, taking account of targets and objectives related to customer service and profits from the hospital manager and all department heads. The model is developed for a public hospital in China. The performance of the model and implications for hospital management are presented.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/978-3-540-85646-7_24
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Mathematical Sciences > Operational Research
ePrint ID: 344795
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Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 16:11
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:36
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344795

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