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Operational Research techniques applied throughout cancer care services: a review

Operational Research techniques applied throughout cancer care services: a review
Operational Research techniques applied throughout cancer care services: a review
Cancer is a disease affecting increasing numbers of people. In the UK, the proportion of people affected by cancer is projected to increase from 1 in 3 in 1992, to nearly 1 in 2 by 2020. Health services to tackle cancer can be grouped broadly into prevention, diagnosis, staging and treatment. We review examples of Operational Research (OR) papers addressing decisions encountered in each of these areas.

In conclusion we find many examples of OR research on screening strategies, as well as on treatment planning and scheduling. On the other hand, our search strategy uncovered comparatively few examples of OR models applied to reducing cancer risks, optimising diagnostic procedures and staging. Improvements to cancer care services have been made as a result of successful OR modelling. There is potential for closer working with clinicians to enable the impact of other OR studies to be of greater benefit to cancer sufferers.
2047-6965
52-73
Saville, Christina
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Smith, Honora K.
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Bijak, Katarzyna
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Saville, Christina
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Smith, Honora K.
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Bijak, Katarzyna
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Saville, Christina, Smith, Honora K. and Bijak, Katarzyna (2019) Operational Research techniques applied throughout cancer care services: a review. Health Systems, 8 (1), 52-73. (doi:10.1080/20476965.2017.1414741).

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Cancer is a disease affecting increasing numbers of people. In the UK, the proportion of people affected by cancer is projected to increase from 1 in 3 in 1992, to nearly 1 in 2 by 2020. Health services to tackle cancer can be grouped broadly into prevention, diagnosis, staging and treatment. We review examples of Operational Research (OR) papers addressing decisions encountered in each of these areas.

In conclusion we find many examples of OR research on screening strategies, as well as on treatment planning and scheduling. On the other hand, our search strategy uncovered comparatively few examples of OR models applied to reducing cancer risks, optimising diagnostic procedures and staging. Improvements to cancer care services have been made as a result of successful OR modelling. There is potential for closer working with clinicians to enable the impact of other OR studies to be of greater benefit to cancer sufferers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 December 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 January 2018
Published date: 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 416484
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416484
ISSN: 2047-6965
PURE UUID: b01ed0a6-70e0-4dcc-83e9-fb011c03e74a
ORCID for Christina Saville: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7718-5689
ORCID for Honora K. Smith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4974-3011
ORCID for Katarzyna Bijak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1416-9045

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Date deposited: 20 Dec 2017 17:30
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:43

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