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Optimal bed allocation in hospitals

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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.

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

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Published date: 2009
Organisations: Operational Research

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Local EPrints ID: 344795
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344795
PURE UUID: f88e7029-bbc2-46d0-9f68-1da2380e1a08

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Date deposited: 01 Nov 2012 16:11
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:13

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Author: Xiaodong Li
Author: Dylan Jones
Author: Mehrdad Tamiz
Editor: V. Barichard

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